Offensive attack on Asperger

The following link crossed my bows today while doing some other searching;

I’m not going to quote anything from it because it would take too long, but there are some important points to make.

The first is that it is now becoming clear that the Autistic Spectrum was first written about in 1935, not 1943, and by Anni Weiss – a colleague of Hans Asperger – and not Leo Kanner. That led to Asperger having a wider range of children to examine (and as a side note there was no indication that any of the children could have been as young as four, which is the cut off for thiomersal being introduced into vaccines in 1931) and had the whole Spectrum in front of him – not just one section like Kanner did.

The second is the controversial part. Now as we all know, Hitler and his fascist Nazi regime preached the Aryan Race. This precluded anyone with a disability, who were targeted for death as much as the Jews were. So when Austria was annexed by Germany in 1938, Asperger had to know his subjects were in danger. He didn’t have much support as many of his colleagues were Jewish and sought to flee the country – or they committed suicide. Those that didn’t fall into that category fell into line behind Hitler and his cronies.

The controversial book “In A Different Key” tries to paint Asperger as a Nazi sympathiser at best and a blatant Nazi at worst. If the latter was correct he would have allowed all his subjects to be killed, and he didn’t. So that idea can be blasted out of the water. What he did do was in effect put on two faces – the outward sympathiser face (which the writers on In A Different Key have focused on it appears) and the inward researcher continuing his work.

Steve Silberman has gone up in my estimation with this piece. The writers of that book, John Donvan and Caren Zucker, are clearly on the warpath trying to discredit Asperger’s work by slapping a Nazi tag on it. That’s BS and Silberman rightly called them out on it, especially when his research contradicted theirs in so many ways. This was because Steve actually took the time to look at everything. It’s just so typical of a society that fears Autism so much that such lazy rubbish comes out to try and undermine the real and full understanding of the Spectrum.

And it also adds validity to the argument that any demands that Autism be cured, wiped out and so on should be seen in the same light as wiping out the Jews. We are people. We are human. We are not animals, we are not diseased and we should not be cured. We should be accepted, nurtured properly, supported and valued – and be given the room to adjust to our respective conditions. Adam Lanza refused to have anything to do with his condition at all, and look what happened to him. He went mad. A refusal to accept and adjust is asking for mental health issues on a major scale, and there’s one right now living in Los Angeles who is nearly the same age as Lanza who is heading in the same direction, and owns an AK-47 (or so he says).

As a final note, there was this from erstwhile loudmouth Jonathan Mitchell;

Perhaps Czech won’t give Steve Silberman information because he has the good common sense to see how absurd neurodiversity is.

No, he won’t give it because he knows Steve has him by the proverbials and doesn’t have the courage to admit it. Everyone with common sense knows that neurodiversity is not absurd, and Mitchell is the last person to be criticising that given how he was brought up to hate Autism and therefore doesn’t have the tools to understand what neurodiversity really is. Nor the courage to admit his error.


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