There’s this godsdamn kid at my school. He’s nominally in my year, but he never EVER works, all he ever does is play computer games and make “animations”. His parents are unbelievably wealthy and extremely absent, he’s been raised by his grandmother mostly, and she always told him that he was special and was very smart. The problem is, she never disciplined him either.
And then, a year or so ago, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s. And he uses it as an excuse for EVERYTHING. “I can’t tidy up, it overstimulates me”. No, it doesn’t. I’ve seen you do it before. You just don’t want to stop playing godsdamn lego Batman or something. “I talk a lot because I have Asperger’s so just accept it”. No, I can’t do that. We all have to learn to adapt to fit in, even just a little bit. I had to learn that when I want to obsess about something, I should write it in my little book rather than telling everyone. And it’s REALLY hard, but I CAN do it. He was always told he was SPECIAL though, so he thinks that rules don’t apply to him.
And the other day, I heard some kids in my class talking about him. Nice kids, really. But he’s the only contact they’ve ever had with an autistic person who actually tells people (and he tells EVERYONE). And they were saying “well, if all autistic people are like that no wonder they’re all f***ing r-words”.
I hate it when spoilt rich kids use “Asperger’s” as an excuse to get away with everything. I have to try so f***ing hard to fit in; I don’t let myself panic, I speak slowly, I think before doing things, I try to make sure my actions are socially acceptable. And then someone like THAT comes in and ruins it all.
Sorry about the rant. I just can’t stand people like that, who don’t even TRY to adjust to the real world. You can’t expect the world to bend over backwards to accommodate you, we all have to adapt. But this kid just thinks mummy and daddy will throw some money at the problem and it will go away, and if it doesn’t then he’s got this golden get-out-of-jail-free card for everything. The worst part is he’s probably right, but the cost to everyone else is astronomical.