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originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
I wish people would realize it's no laughing matter and when society focuses on people like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, they don't realize it truly affects people, and most don't have the opportunities and the means to be social.
Despite speculation that Sheldon's personality traits may be consistent with Asperger syndrome, obsessive–compulsive personality disorder and asexuality, co-creator Bill Prady has repeatedly stated that Sheldon's character was neither conceived nor developed with regard to any of these traits.
Some viewers have asserted that Sheldon's behavior is consistent with Asperger syndrome. The writers have stated that they did not use Asperger syndrome as a basis for the character, but instead thought of his actions as "Sheldony". Series co-creator Bill Prady stated: "We write the character as the character. A lot of people see various things in him and make the connections. Our feeling is that Sheldon's mother never got a diagnosis, so we don't have one". Prady also told Alan Sepinwell of the New Jersey Star-Ledger that while Sheldon shares traits with people with Asperger's, he was uncomfortable labeling Sheldon as having Asperger's.
In an interview, Jim Parsons noted the writers' response, but added that, in his opinion, Sheldon "couldn't display more traits" of Asperger's. Parsons, who plays Sheldon, has read John Elder Robison's memoir Look Me in the Eye about his life with Asperger syndrome, and said that: "A majority of what I read in that book touched on aspects of Sheldon". He also stated that "the way [Sheldon's] brain works, it's so focused on the intellectual topics at hand that thinking he's autistic is an easy leap for people watching the show to make".
He stated that the care for people suffering on the Autism spectrum is not only the responsibility of family and Christian communities, but also the direct responsibility of governments and institutions.
originally posted by: AboveBoard
I don't know how to respond except to say "yes." I am the primary caregiver for a child with severe autism. I'm told that the vast majority of families would have given up and utilized a group home or institutional environment for an equivalent child, and kept him there. It is extremely hard. I am struggling. (We had him in a two year program to help him, which was excruciating, and he is back now - we are grateful for all the help we have received, however!!)
I can say that unless you have borne this particular cross, there is no way to communicate its burden, but it is carried with love and lightened by the slimmest shards of hope.
I believe in him. I KNOW there is more locked inside him than he can let out, and that he deserves people that believe this about him. (See my signature.) He deserves the dignity of being seen as fully human, not simply as "disabled." He deserves people fighting for him and advocating for him, not to mention giving him a sense of belonging and family. There is no "winning" here and no "normal," just loving and surviving. I love my son.
It is extremely hard to be him! He suffers. Forget my struggles as his mom, he bears a cross himself that I can never understand, I just try to pick up a bit of its weight to help him along. As long as I am able, I will be his caregiver.
Any good thoughts anyone wants to send our way would be extremely welcome, and so the Pope's encouragement is important.