January 16, 2009

“The Freaks Come Out at Night!”

The title of this blog, which was also a groovy tune back in my heyday, rings loudly in my head whenever I read something about autism so incredulous that it makes the blood in my veins practically freeze.

{Note to self… really need to get crack-a-lackin’ on that meditation practice before said self kills over from those things that are not supposed to get to me.  Self?  Are you listening?  Breathe in… breathe out!}

The other day, one of my internet autism buddies told me about another blogger’s post that, for the first time since its debut, had brought up the subject of “autism”.

She normally doesn’t read this blog, but when you’re living with autism, and you see folks talking about it, you wanna know what’s being said.  Needless to say, her reaction was much like mine.

Sadly, the post was poorly researched and written.  I let my Tweeps, also living with autism, know about it because, well, we’re a family, and we share “information” with one another.

Autism is a really big part of my life, and I can’t have folks out there spreading false and/or misleading information without saying something (can also be read as “getting my 2¢ in”).

After reading that post, it dawned on me that I should do y’all a favor and compile a list of other {insert fave acronym here} autism-related comments that I’ve read over the past year.

The following quotes are not listed in any particular order, and these little diddies were copied directly from the sources which explains any grammatical or typographical errors.  Each one had me slappin’ my noggin’, makin’ good use of acronyms I opted not to “spell out” in this post.

Additionally, this list could have been longer, much longer, but I didn’t want to drag the post out which is why I figured a couple of handfuls of {insert fave acronym here} would suffice.

Therefore, I’ve decided to dedicate my Fridays to commenting on something “interesting” that I’ve read or overheard regarding autism!

So, hold on to your hats, folks!  It’s bound to be a bumpy ride!  {wink}

Welcome… to Freaky Friday!


  1. Question: “How does one catch the Autism Virus?”  Answer: “First of all, Autism is not a virus that functions normally. It’s not something like a infectionous cold where one can catch it easily.”
  2. “There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumbass kids can’t compete academically so they throw money into the happy laps of shinks and psychotherapists to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don’t give a shit what these crackerjack whackjobs tell you—yer kid is NOT autistic. He’s just stupid. Or lazy. Or both.” – Denis Leary
  3. autism is “[a] fraud, a racket. … I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.'” – Michael Savage
  4. “Frankly, I feel that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are parasites.” – Amanda Peet
  5. “… she asked if she has some chances of having an autistic child? Or Is there any food that may worsen this kind of disorder? well, Caffeine may be one of the main reasons.” – Aybi
  6. “Your son isn’t autistic; he has autism.  The devil disguises himself in many ways.” – Some kooky whack job of a lady who chatted me up in Whole Foods last year!  (still having nightmares over this one!  {screaming… hair in flames!!!})
  7. “He’s classified as typical, but he still has auditory processing issues…. But all of the autism is gone.” – Jenny McCarthy
  8. Question: “You never hear about it, you never see it. Where are the autistic adults?” – PR.com Answer: “It’s ’cause there weren’t any. It’s all now.” – Jenny McCarthy
  9. “… I’m sick and tired of people claiming (false) disability to be lazy and sit infront of the PC all day in his mom’s basement.” – adventure_of_link
  10. “… apparently this does make sense to some of the cult leaders in the fringes of autism “advocacy.” No one who has “real” autism, for instance, would not want a cure, while people with Asperger’s really don’t have any significant problems – certainly not a disability.” – Joel Smith
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