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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

South Park and Asperger's [caution: mild vulgarity]

Disability Scoop reports:

Comedy Central’s animated series “South Park” is setting its sights on autism with an episode premiering Wednesday in which one character believes he has Asperger’s syndrome.

During the episode, titled “Ass Burgers,”Cartman suspects he may have Asperger’s syndrome and finds a “unique way of dealing with it,” according to promotional materials for the episode from Comedy Central.

Indeed, he heads to the nurse who proceeds to pull a hamburger from his pants.

Asperger’s self-advocates from the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership were cautiously optimistic Monday, since they had not yet seen the full episode.

“Anything that helps us to laugh at ourselves through a big picture lens helps everyone,” said Michael John Carley, the group’s executive director. “But of course there’s the risk that the ‘South Park’ creators will somehow invalidate the very serious experiences of individuals with Asperger’s. I hope not.”