Towards the end of his interview with A Current Affair on Monday night, disgraced host of Burke’s Backyard Don Burke dropped an unexpected bombshell. He told the interviewer, Tracey Grimshaw, that he is “an Asperger’s person” who has difficulty looking people in the eye and reading body language. He admitted that he has not been diagnosed by a medical professional: he simply “worked it out”. He then referred to Asperger’s as a “terrible failing”.
The morning after, my older brother Peter, who has Asperger syndrome, quietly shared a link to an Asperger’s advocacy website that states facts and dispels common myths about the syndrome. I know that sharing this link to his Facebook followers was a silent protest against Burke’s erroneous claim that having Asperger