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Being autistic is not an insult

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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:00 am

There is a movie that was recently released called "21 Jump Street," and although the previews get a lot of laughs, for many of us it stops when a character attempts to insult another by asking if he is "autistic." This joke is not funny to many of us who are affected by autism, and it brings fear that this movie will make others think it is acceptable to use the word "autism" as an insult on another's intelligence.

According to the CDC, one in 110 children have an autism spectrum disorder. What the makers of this movie have ignored is that for every one child/person diagnosed there are at least two to five people fighting for that person's acceptance in society. Currently, many of these people are spreading the word to boycott "21 Jump Street." There is a Facebook page up promoting the boycott on this movie.

I personally love and fight for a 10-year-old boy with autism, and he is one of the smartest and brightest boys that I know. His mother does autism awareness presentations throughout the schools so that other children will know about the disorder and how to work with their classmates who have an autism spectrum diagnosis in a positive way.

This term "autism" is not one to be used in a hurtful manner, and I hope that you'll help boycott this movie and show Hollywood that this term is not one to be used as an insult.

Mary Campbell

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