I've been reading a lot of discussions on TV sites about an incident that happened on The Amazing Race last weekend. One of the racers has Asperger's, and several times, he's gotten frustrated and had outbursts. The worst one was when he started breaking dishes because he was sliding into last place in a challenge. This past one is when he was rude to the person in charge of walking him through the steps of a challenge and checking his work to see if it was good enough to get the next clue. (the racer is a grown adult, not a child) When he does things like this, if his teammate is in the room and sees/hears it, he'll immediately tell him to stop. If he's not close enough, the behavior goes unchecked.
The discussion whenever he does something like this seems to fall into two camps - that everyone else should excuse his behavior because he literally doesn't know when he's being "bad", and that there is no excuse for it because other people (including some of the people in the discussion) either have Asperger's or have a child with it, and they feel it is their responsibility to recognize things that are outright rude and not do them. They argue that they (or their child) have been constantly taught how to deal with stress and to be conscious of these things because it's not everyone else's job to adapt to them.
So is it an allowable excuse, or should he (and others) not be treated any differently since there are others who have been raised since childhood to watch for specific social cues, even if they don't react to them emotionally?
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