Please Don’t Send Me To Prison For Being Autistic Too! — An Open Letter To The Folks Who Just Fired Me For Being Autistic

Dear Folks Who Just Fired Me For Being Autistic,

Please don’t send me to prison for being autistic too!

What’s that you say? “Why would we do that?”

Heck if I know. Why did you fire me for being autistic? What’s your problem with autistic people anyway? Just how deep does your hatred go? Would you actually send me to prison just for being autistic? Do you really hate us that much?

I’ve decided to test this hypothesis. My goal here is to see if you’ll actually send an autistic man (me) to prison simply because he’s autistic. I don’t believe you will, but feel free to prove me wrong.

In order to conduct this test, I’ve decided to simply not return the company laptop you lent me when I started working for you last October. Yup, I’m going to just keep the darn thing, along with all of the protected customer data in contains and to which I still have free and easy access — including the birthdays and Social Security numbers of everyone who raped me last year, all of whom happen to be in your database. I won’t name all of these individuals quite yet, but you can confirm that Frederick T. Smith (CC’d) is in there. I’m pretty sure the simple fact that I know that will be enough to give probable cause to law-enforcement agencies to investigate, and all you folks (or Mr. Smith) need to do is report the crime.

But please don’t do that. Instead, just please recognize that I don’t actually deserve to go to prison simply because I’m autistic; nor do I deserve to be fired for that reason. What I’m really hoping you’ll do is just recognize that you shouldn’t have fired me for being autistic in the first place, and then rehire me back to my job, which was really perfect for me — it was perfect both for my autistic limitations, and it was perfect for my technical skills as well.

Instead of sending me to prison for being autistic, please just let me come back to work.

Sound good?

Let the experiment begin!


Daniel L. Scholten, a.k.a. “The Walrus”




    1. I hear you, but these people are so arrogant that they probably donโ€™t care what I do. I have a theory that as long as I donโ€™t do anything violent, I can do or say anything I feel like. LOL



  1. You know, once is just life, twice isn’t really a coincidence. What happens when you’re fired a third time?

    That’s a YOU problem.

    Actually your problem isn’t the autism. Your problem is using your autism as an excuse to break rules you don’t like. You bludgeon the reader with your autism, as if that’s the reason for everything that happens to you.

    You claim to be very aware of your limitations due to your diagnosis, yet REFUSE to adjust your actions with it in mind.

    I have a niece that has Celiac’s. She doesn’t go around eating gluten and complaining that the restaurant tried to ‘gang rape’ her. She learned not to eat gluten.

    You, on the other hand, is obviously unwilling to adjust and wish to use your autism as a weapon to get your way. That’s just being a victim, not a survivor.

    This blog, and every post on it, is just you avoiding the fact that you are using your autism as an excuse to play the victim. By your own admission you broke into a building then claim toy shouldn’t have been arrested because you didn’t do anything criminal.

    I feel bad for everyone that crosses your path. Your autism isn’t what got you fired. Your refusal to act like an adult is.

    Complaining about a manager ‘hijacking’ a meeting is beyond childish. Emailing everyone on the o-chart about it is ridiculous. Many a meeting gets hijacked. It happens.

    Instead of blowing it off, you made it a crusade because of your autism. That’s middle school actions, not adult.

    I’d really see a mental health professional. Your blog exhibits classic paranoiac/psychotic signs. Justifying breaking the law is also a sign of mental illness.

    Your problem isn’t met life or who fired you next.

    It’s you.



    1. First, thank you, Sulla Felix, for taking the time to think about all that and to go through the effort of writing it. Actually, I do have a “mental health professional”. She’s a psychiatrist at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, and I will certainly share your insights with her so that she can benefit from them and do better in her work with me and all of her other autism patients. She also trains Duke University medical students, so maybe she’ll even invite you to give a guest lecture to them. How much would you charge for that sort of thing? Oh, and if you give me your contact info I’ll pass it onto her. Maybe you two can co-author a paper together.

      LOL. Sorry about the sarcasm, but you really lobbed that one to me.

      Listen, I think it’s great that you’re at least thinking about the issues you’ve mentioned, but your ignorance is dangerous to everyone you care about and who has any sort of psychiatric disability, especially autism.



  2. Umm…yeah, you belong in prison. May 3 – 7 years in the general population will cure you of your real disorders, which have nothing to do with being on the autistic spectrum.



      1. I’m speaking from the experience of dealing with criminals, especially ones involving theft of PII and PHI.

        As for the prison time itself – I just figure that you’ll “do well” inside and that your fellow inmates will either solve your issues or solve for you.


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