Autism Politico

Discussing the politics of autism.

Editorial #207: Where Do We Draw the Line?

Autism Politico wants to know when Asperger Syndrome ceases to become an excuse for criminal behavior.

Is it acceptable to say “Asperger’s made me do it” if you get caught for shoplifting?

Is it acceptable to say “Asperger’s made me do it” if you get caught for vandalism?

Is it acceptable to say “Asperger’s made me do it” if you get caught for fraud?

Is it acceptable to say “Asperger’s made me do it” if you get caught for assault?

Is it acceptable to say “Asperger’s made me do it” if you get caught for murder?

Carleen also says that a psychiatrist who examined Bryant told the family he would never be able to hold down a job “simply because he would aggravate people to such an extent that he’d always be trouble”.

Bryant was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome three years ago and is overweight from medication and lack of exercise.

Hmm. Is this an “Asperger’s prevents me from learning how to socialize” excuse?

How about this:

Martin Bryant entered the Broad Arrow cafe at the historic Port Arthur site where he opened fire and killed 35 people on April 28, 1996.

He is currently serving 35 life sentences in Brisbane prison just outside of Hobart.

Should we now campaign on Bryant’s behalf?

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

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March 4, 2011 - Posted by | Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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