When Kim Stagliano saw an "NBC Nightly News" clip of Jerry Seinfeld saying he's on the autism spectrum, the first thing she did was get angry.
Some might label her reaction a "rage spiral," but Stagliano, whose three teenage girls have autism, is not about to apologize. Like many parents of autistic children, Stagliano - the managing editor of the Age of Autism, which covers autism news - said she's grown tired of people, particularly those in the public spotlight, making autistic symptoms sound fashionable.
Adding to the insult, she said, is that the man who aligned himself with the autistic community made his livelihood by humorously dissecting the social nuances of the human condition, a painfully ironic twist for a disorder marked by sufferers' inability to read social cues and communicate effectively.
Congratulations to the Washington Post for having the courage to step away from the "Jerry Seinfeld is raising autism awareness" message on 600 other news sites. Yes, there is the other side of autism.
I posted my story about Brandon Guppy.
Thank you, Kim. People are learning what it's really about.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.