Asperger’s syndrome falsely vilified

Re: “Ethical frontiers of mercy,” Oct. 5.

I have a serious concern with the inaccurate representation of Asperger’s syndrome in this article and in the CBC documentary Road to Mercy.

My wife and I have an adult son with Asperger’s syndrome and we have known many others diagnosed with this disability. All the Asperger’s children and adults we have had the pleasure to meet over the past 25 years are typically intelligent and happy people. Most have underdeveloped social skills and some have episodes of depression, but none are candidates for doctor-assisted death.

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