It's painfully obvious that if a non-autistic kid had come off the bench and played the same way, he might have gotten 15 seconds of fame on his local TV station, or possibly a short article in the newspaper, if it happened to be a slow news day. But instead, it's all over the major media, with journalists gushing about his fantastic accomplishment in about the same incredulous tone they would have used if he had been a trained chimp.
This is what I have to say to those lower-than-pond-scum bigots at the media companies: Our high schools have always had some number of students who would have been considered autistic under today's broad diagnostic criteria and who played sports. But until recently, they weren't patronized as amazing freaks of nature who overcame the "Berlin Wall" of their autism and miraculously were able to play sports. We had other words that were used to describe them. Like basketball players. Or student athletes. Or team members. "Human beings" would do quite nicely, too.
As another disgusted aspie wrote in a forum post... gee, what'll they do next, start letting blacks and women play basketball?
I just want to whap those yelping mutts over the head with a rolled-up newspaper. Or better yet, a rolled-up Celebrate Neurodiversity poster. Or maybe flood their inboxes with a few thousand copies of the Neurodiversity Chain Letter.
How many times do we have to say it... when an autistic person accomplishes something, it is not a miracle.
A pox on all their houses.