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Published: Monday, January 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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Dispel myth of autism, violence

As one of 7 million grandparents raising their grandchildren in America today, we find as a group we face many challenges. Ours happens to be Asperger Syndrome. After reading Jennifer Bardsley's Dec. 30 column, "Hope for Asperger's, autism sufferers," it was painfully clear as to how much the general public doesn't know about these disorders and what I/we have faced with an autism-spectrum disorder. It has been part of my/our life for a decade now. Many know how passionate I am about fighting for those with disabilities and understand how I/we in the autism/Asperger community were cut to the quick by the comments made by a journalist that terrible day will understand my following comments:
After stewing over the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and the horrific loss of life, I, for once, was unable to put into words how I felt about the journalists who were spewing verbal vomit like arm-chair experts on the subject of autism and Asperger Syndrome, which in my own words, were nothing more than ignorant. For those of us who face these daily challenges as we raise these special and uniquely gifted children to be functioning members of our society had just one more target painted on their backs. Please follow the link below that will dispel the myths from these journalists who seemingly suffer from mentally dysfunctional insight on a subject they know nothing about http://www.aspergerssociety.org/dispelling-the-myth-of-autism-and-violence-after-newtown-116
Camie Martin
Everett
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