"Below is a very well written article by Robin Morris. All of us who have children on the spectrum need to stand united against careless actions such as those perpetuated by Mr. Scarborough. He spoke foolishly and he needs to make amends for the harm he has caused."
Yesterday, in one fell swoop, Joe Scarborough in an MSNBC interview singlehandedly sabotaged all efforts to humanize our children with autism.
While Joe Scarborough may not have realized the power of his words, he might need a lesson in humility. His talk show host status does not canonize his parenting or assessment of mental illness. Perhaps a more legible message might shock him. His reporting angle that he has chosen to highlight is on of bias; fodder for bigots. He has spurned discrimination, and this is reprehensible... READ MORE >>Mr. Scarborough has transcended the title of “profiler”. During a discussion following the horrific events of murder in Colorado, Morning Joe decided to log in with his perspective: "Most of it has to do with mental health. You have these people that are somewhere, I believe, probably on the autism scale," said Scarborough, whose own son has Asperger's syndrome. "I don't know if that's the case here, but it happens more often than not. People that can walk around in society, they can function on college campuses, they can even excel on college campuses, but are socially disconnected." He then congratulated his own family’s support of his son, but highlighted the loneliness involved for those on the spectrum. "Again, I don't know the specifics about this young man, but we see too many shooters bearing the same characteristics mentally," Scarborough said.
Robin Hausman Morris, Autism & Parenting ExaminerA writer and mother of 23-year-old quadruplets (one with autism), Robin has gleaned extensive knowledge on autism and raising multiples. Send Robin a message or follow her on Twitter.
Finally, a video message from Kerry Magro with Aspergers says it all. Joe Scarborough, I Have Autism and Am Not a Murderer.
Video: I Have Autism and Am Not a Murderer
Interestingly, Joe did mention that we as a nation should have “comfort in a time of need” and that only a president can do what Obama did by addressing the nation and the families of victims. He went on to compliment Regan and Bush when they comforted the nation in time of tragedy. He should have stopped there... READ MORE >>