Page 5 Truth and Autism Portrayal Medias The
As someone with Asperger's, which is on the autism spectrum, I can say that the [media] tends to portray us as [victims] far too much. I mean, I make a fair amount of mistakes, my memory isn't always the best, I am occasionally neurotic, and my social skills aren't exactly good, but we aren't all that bad. Several thousand autistic people live entirely normal lives - some use drugs, some use willpower, some don't have it too very severely. They always seem to look for the most severe cases, and that's bad reporting. It gets more people to look at it, it gets you more viewers, and maybe it raises more money for special needs groups or whatever, but its still a false portrayal. A close friend of mine has Asperger's, and she lives quite well on her own, she functions fine with people - but on the inside she would rather be at home, and she can be easily emotionally effected, and sometimes she overreacts. That(And a couple other things) qualified her as having the disease, and she has been diagnosed, BUT she is perfectly OK. Its not as easy as being normal, and sometimes your brain makes up in other ways - she and I both have MENSA I.Q. Levels, I am an amateur programmer, and she wants to study medical engineering. But we aren't super geniuses. Autism always gets portrayed with EXTREMES, and its really tiresome.