Bingo?

I came across this on tumblr and rolled my eyes so hard they just about fell out of my head. I feel like I should get bingo just for looking at it:

a clip from tumblr. there is a photo of a young man face down on asphalt, surrounded by beer bottles. there is text below the photo.The text reads “Even though autism can cripple communication, Paul managed to overcome his disability and save a teens Life. Seeing a 17 year old lying on the ground because of Alcohol poisoning, he went over to him, asked him how he was doing and called 911. To read more click here: [link].”

Inspirational crip! Using the word “cripple” to describe the effect of autism on communication! He “managed” to do something! And thus overcame the immeasurable burden of his disability!

This was posted on the tumblr of the organization “The Friendship Circle,” whose goal is “bring[ing] together teenage volunteers and children with special needs for hours of fun and friendship. … Our special friends blossom and gain the confidence they need to make the most their abilities and talents.”

This has got to be bingo. Someone give me a prize.

6 thoughts on “Bingo?

  1. Oh jeez, that’s some concentrated condescension right there. My son goes to a lot of local Friendship Circle events, and enjoys them, but I do sometimes find stunning blasts of cluelessness (and worse) in their publications and programming.

  2. Wow. I think I should post a photo of myself and my daughter with the title: “Rachel, who has autism, gave birth and raised a child to adulthood.” Then, when the media picks up this rare and inspirational story, the interviewer can ignore me entirely and just talk to my daughter and other family members.

    Note that the article gives most of the credit to the staff at Paul’s group home, who worked so incredibly hard as to make this miracle possible. I’m surprised that the article doesn’t start in with the whole empathy trope: “Wow, we’re so amazed that an autistic person read the signs and noticed the young man’s distress! And that he cared!” Thank God for small favors.

  3. I didn’t even notice that they didn’t even interview him, I was so disgusted by the tone of the article being like they were talking about a dog calling 911.

    I guess it doesn’t break the pattern.

  4. Here is your bingo prize: Picard facepalming.
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