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Last night Don Burke described autism as a genetic failure, and something you could use to get out of any situation. In an interview on A Current Affair, he claimed he had Asperger’s even though he has never been clinically diagnosed. He blamed his “Asperger’s” for his actions 30 years ago sparking outrage in the autism community. As a proud person on the autism spectrum, I would like to state that no one has a right to use the Autism Spectrum in this way especially if you aren’t even diagnosed. It is not an excuse or a get out of jail free card and even if he is on the spectrum his behavior is in no way reflective of the general autism community who are productive and law-abiding people. If you have been offended by Don Burke’s comments, make sure you talk to a trusted person.Bryce Pace

Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker

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