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For those new to blogging, a good blog involves interaction.  The reader has the ability to interact with the post’s content and other commenters by adding your opinions in the comments section below.  And with special needs, there are many opinions we want to hear from.  The world of special needs has many audiences including parents, teachers, physicians, philanthropists, advocates and more.  The topics are varied including resources, funding, curriculum, public opinion, personal opinion, etc.  So, for the purposes of conversation, let’s engage some of these topics and see what you have to say.  Or, let us know in the comments section on topics you want to see some conversation on as well.

This past week the autism community has been outraged at a new book by Denis Leary and comments he made citing those with autism as “stupid, lazy or both.”  Michael Savage, a shock jock, made similar remarks earier this year and was heavily chastised by the general public.  In fact, sponsors have pulled back from Savage’s radio show.  Regarding Leary, the Autism Society for America had this to say: “For Mr. Leary to suggest that families or doctors conspire to falsely diagnose autism is ridiculous . . . [His] remarks reflect the same misconceptions of autism being caused by bad or unemotional parenting that were held over 50 years ago.”

With 1 in 150 children diagnosed with autism in the U.S., there are many parents, physicians, therapists and organizations working hard to determine its cause and best modes of therapy.  Early intervention has been shown as a key to helping children.  For the world, education about autism is a vital part as well.

Parents, teachers, public - what is your response to people like Denis Leary?  What would you say to him?

Comments (2)

  1. elksclub wrote:

    I like Denis Leary but sometimes comedians take things too far. His style of humor is to ride a concept or opinion right up to the line of good taste. This time he rode over that line and it isn’t funny. I just Dugg this posting.

    Posted 21 Oct 2008 at 1:15 pm
  2. Shane wrote:

    Why say anything to him? Denis Leary is a comedian that wants a reaction. He is not an individual to retract or care about what he’s already said. His ignorance on the topic is a shame. My suggestion is to ignore him, his book and his shows.

    It is one thing to poke fun at certain things, but this one simply seemed more distasteful than most. Perhaps it is that I’m also a parent with an autistic child. Alas, I’m too lazy to write any further on this topic. This thinkin’ thang ain’t goin’ to well fer me either.

    Posted 21 Oct 2008 at 7:07 pm

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