Asperger's on TV... and four more finds
We don't just write about disabled life here at Ouch, we read about it constantly too. So many great disability-related articles, blog posts, tweets and asides cross our desks each week, that we've taken to adding our favourites to a file affectionately known as the stuff box. Fancy a look inside?
This little haul includes expert analysis from the US on the international problem of disability hate crime, and yet another take on TV characters who may or may not have Asperger syndrome.
"Will you come and clean my house for me?" and nine other things make up blogger Georgina's list of what not to say to people with obsessive compulsive disorder. She says fear of germs is a common OCD trait, not a love of scrubbing.
Americans with disabilities are victims of violent crimes at nearly three times the rate of their peers, write David M Perry and Lawrence Carter-Long for The Atlantic. With a recent example of a man with Down's syndrome who suffocated while being removed from a cinema by off-duty police, they say mobile phones and social media is now catapulting previously hidden minority stories to national prominence.
Extreme geekiness and other Asperger traits are regularly used for entertainment purposes. But quirky characters like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory are never labelled as such because the writers would then have an "added layer of responsibility" says blogger Yohana Desta on Mashable. But a lack of diagnosis hasn't stopped fans of the show making YouTube videos suggesting that Sheldon is on the spectrum.
A blogger, perhaps tellingly called Sectioned, gives us a list of 34 things that have happened to her since developing mental health difficulties. A tough read, it includes getting arrested, housing problems, gaining weight and the feeling that "insight and intelligence are a hindrance rather than a help in getting support".
Mark Neary blogs about life with his adult son Steven, whose brain works a bit differently due to learning difficulties and autism. This post from last weekend tells how Steven broke from his usual strict routine to tell a joke, or as he put it: "Steven Neary's doing different words."