An Open Letter to the media: Stop Painting People With Aspergers Syndrome As Mentally Ill Criminals

In this open to the media, Jordan Dodds calls out the media for what as seen as the constant portrayal of people with Asperger Syndrome as mentally ill criminals.

To Every News Outlet, Every Columnist, and Media Opinionist.

My name is Jordan Dodds, I am a Freelance Writer and Journalist. I am a 19-year-old young man with Asperger Syndrome, A condition you have all branded as nothing more than a Mentally unstable criminal out to damage the fabric of society.

I am writing to you to address the issue of the stigma that you have promoted for so long against people with autism and Asperger Syndrome, That everyone with Asperger Syndrome and Autism is not a criminal or mentally ill.

I, of course, refer to the case of Ethan Stables, A man who was arrested for planning an attack on an LGBT event in a pub in Cumbria, I am aware of the severity of the crime and fully respect that, but the way he has been portrayed by you in disgusting.

You Constantly reminded us of the Aspergers and tried to underpin his condition to the crime, nevermind the fact he was a white supremacist.

I refer to my second example of Jack Chappel, a man you branded as the “Autistic Hacker”, Throughout his case you consistently used a humiliating nickname and reminded us all that “it was his autism” that made him do it.

When in reality, his condition didn’t make him do it. Jack was being Exploited to do it.

The point I’m making is that autism has nothing to do with the criminal justice system, that when something reaches this sort of level, the need for these details to be propelled onto our reading eyes.

All you do by adding the nature of the condition is continuing to further the stigma plaguing the name of a group of talented individuals who see the world a little different.

Great minds that have to overcome obstacles, People like Robert White, A Comedian with Asperger Syndrome who will be a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2018 or Chris Packham, the Wildlife TV presenter who lives with Aspergers and has a successful Television career.

If you showed the people more of the latter, then the stigma will wind down and the barriers for us will go away. Failure to do so and mark my words, ill keep pushing you and pushing until you listen.


Jordan Dodds.


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Author: Jordan Dodds

Lead Author and Owner of Journaling Thoughts, Journalism Student at Sunderland University follow on twitter @its_jordandodds