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« on: November 30, 2008, 10:14:47 am »

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Comedian Says Disorder Caused In Part By 'Inattentive Mothers'
Comedian Denis Leary is under fire for comments he made about autism in his new book.

In the book, "Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide To Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid," Leary makes light of autism and says it's an excuse used by "inattentive mothers and competitive dads" to explain why their "kids can't compete academically." In an excerpt of the book published in the New York Post, Leary writes: "I don't give a [bleep] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you -- yer kid is NOT autistic. He's just stupid. Or lazy. Or both."

In response to Leary's opinions, the Autism Society of America said it was "ridiculous" for the comedian to suggest that families or doctors conspire to falsely diagnose the disorder. They also said that Leary's opinions were similar to misconceptions that were held more than 50 years ago, and which have since been proved false.

Leary later released a statement clarifying his remarks. The comedian said "I not only support the current rational approaches to the diagnoses and treatment of real autism, but have witnessed it firsthand while watching very dear old friends raise a functioning autistic child."

He added that most of the chapter on autism is focused on adult men who are self-diagnosing themselves with autism as a way to explain their failed careers. Leary also said that any misunderstandings about his book can be avoided by reading it in its entirety instead of just looking at excerpts.









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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2008, 03:48:49 pm »

I know this is a very serious subject, but the whole chapter must be read. He explained himself a few days ago on a show I heard. He was saying that alot of parents look for ways to explain why there kids are so horribly behaved. Anthing to place the blame somewhere else. Doctors are letting them get away with. It should make the kids and the families that are affected, really pissed off. Like him or not, he is one of the few honest famous people out there. Everyone is so obsessed with soundbites and the 10 second media clip. BTW, these are great updates about autism. Joe
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Comedian Says Disorder Caused In Part By 'Inattentive Mothers'
Comedian Denis Leary is under fire for comments he made about autism in his new book.

In the book, "Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide To Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid," Leary makes light of autism and says it's an excuse used by "inattentive mothers and competitive dads" to explain why their "kids can't compete academically." In an excerpt of the book published in the New York Post, Leary writes: "I don't give a [bleep] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you -- yer kid is NOT autistic. He's just stupid. Or lazy. Or both."

In response to Leary's opinions, the Autism Society of America said it was "ridiculous" for the comedian to suggest that families or doctors conspire to falsely diagnose the disorder. They also said that Leary's opinions were similar to misconceptions that were held more than 50 years ago, and which have since been proved false.

Leary later released a statement clarifying his remarks. The comedian said "I not only support the current rational approaches to the diagnoses and treatment of real autism, but have witnessed it firsthand while watching very dear old friends raise a functioning autistic child."

He added that most of the chapter on autism is focused on adult men who are self-diagnosing themselves with autism as a way to explain their failed careers. Leary also said that any misunderstandings about his book can be avoided by reading it in its entirety instead of just looking at excerpts.






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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2008, 01:32:40 pm »

Hey Joe,

I totally agree that there are those parents who are just looking for an excuse and someone else to blame.  And yes, it does really irritate me as a parent of three who have been diagnosed with varying degrees of autism.  But the problem with statements like this is that people who have no clue then look at every kid diagnosed as a fake.  I shouldn't have to justify my kids issues to anyone, though there are times when I feel I need to.  Just a sticky situation all around.

BTW,  Thanks for being interested in the whole issue!!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2008, 03:22:26 pm »

I think the major issue here is why do we as a society give a rats a$$ what some comedian has to say...or any celebrity for that matter....especially some one like Dennis Leary who has made his career out of being inflammatory.

I have said it before... I have the highest respect and empathy for families who deal with any and all forms of developmental disabilities, and without a doubt public education concerning these things is the key to better public understand and ultimately a better quality of life for all of us.
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