I clicked a link from my homepage about a kid that stole his father's credit card and bought 2 flights to get to California. Apparently, the kid has Asperger's syndrome. On this particular site, people are allowed to post comments about the stories, almost in real time. Some of them are currently saying he should be beaten, some are saying he should be exempt because of his disability. One, in particular, is saying that Asperger's syndrome (commonly called a 'high functioning form of autism') is 'selfishness on steroids; it's related to autism so take it from there,' and that 'a great number of people with Asperger's are coming into maturity,' and that he was greatly distressed about it.
WTF?? I've known people with autism, I interact with them almost weekly at work, and I have never had any problems. One little girl touched my arm once, and call me sentimental, but it brightened my day a little bit. I have also known people with Asperger's. Ladies and gentlemen, Asperger's in not 'selfishness on steroids.' It's typically characterized by a lack of social cues; they don't pick up on vocal inflections in the voice, or express them properly themselves. Sometimes they sound a little monotone to others, when they sound very animated to themselves. They feel awkward among other people, often having difficulty making eye contact. They tend to have a couple of areas of interest that they enjoy heavily, and entertain themselves with; I've read that some people call children with Asperger's 'little professors' because of their atypical vocabulary and interest in esoteric things. They don't act rudely intentionally, they just don't work the same way regular people do.
So fuck you, buddy. If you don't know what you're talking about, don't talk about it. Fucking pissant.