Wednesday, December 5, 2007
America's Next Top Asperger's Syndrome Spokesmodel
Heather Kuzmich has a neurological disorder known as Asperger’s syndrome. She is socially awkward, has trouble making eye contact, and is a contestant on this season's America's Next Top Model.
Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder characterized mainly by difficulties in social interactions. However, unlike other autism spectrum disorders, people with Asperger's generally do not exhibit deficits in language and other cognitive abilities.
Do people with Asperger's syndrome belong in this drama-filled, overly social world of reality television? While it may make the average Joe more aware of the neurological disorder, it exploits the harsh realities that go along with it for the sake of entertainment. Is reality television really a place for reality?