Music Video: Aspergian Pride (I Don't Fit the Template)
Thanks to Lucy Berrington of the Asperger's Association of New England for sending me Johnny Medlar's fantastic music video "Aspergian Pride (I Don't Fit the Template.)"
“The song and video started as a school project during my junior year of high school. My biology class was doing projects about diseases or conditions that have a genetic factor. Since I have Asperger syndrome, which is believed to have a genetic link, I persuaded my teacher to let me do my project on Asperger’s so that I might have that personal motivation to do the project well."
The video is impressive on several levels-- the music, the animation, the message:
Some say I ain't got no emotions
That I'm a mule who's good at math
And I may not know how to show it
But that don't make me a sociopath
Some folks hold me in disfavor
'Cause I can be inflexible
So I get punished for behavior
Over which I have no control
So, ya, I stand out from the natives
But that don't mean I can't survive
Give me a chance to be creative
And on this planet I will thrive.