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Saturday, March 03, 2007


Diane Dennis

If I were the prosecutor, I'd ask the defense's expert witness if every person with Asperger's syndrome was an arsonist and a person who was unable to resist the call of some loopy ideology to torch a legal business.

Commenting strictly on the above statement, and not at all on whether Cottrell was wronged or treated correctly, or even if he does indeed have Asperger's or not...

I have read and I believe it in my heart, "If you know one Aspie (person with Asperger's Syndrome) you know one Aspie" (as opposed to "if you know one you know 'em all).

No two Aspies are alike and they cannot be compared in this manner. It would be my guess that O'Connor has absolutely no experience with kids or adults who have Asperger's Syndrome or PDD-NOS.

A 2006 study in Wales found that there was no correlation between a diagnosis of Asperger's and criminal activity.

Study or not, I know that my son can be talked into believing anything is right or wrong, same as you can usually convince a 4 or 5 year old of your own beliefs. It is what it is, whether the studies prove it out or not.

There are MANY different levels of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Our son (13) is on a much worse level than our daughter is. Even as high-functioning as our daughter is (traits of PDD-NOS) she is still more impressionable than your average 15 year old.

I have no doubt that many, many folks with Asperger's can be talked into doing things that are wrong because they can be convinced that they are doing what's right even if it doesn't seem right.

Many are extremely naive and are very caring toward their fellow man and can be talked into just about anything when convinced that it's for the best of their fellow man.

Just my two cents...

Diane Dennis

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