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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Leap of Faith

The suggestion to use a playground on the other side of the chasm was a great idea. I still felt the drawing needed a tag line. Hope this one works.


at 4/26/07, 1:22 PM Anonymous M@ said...


at 4/26/07, 2:06 PM Anonymous Dan said...

Any pregnancy is a soaring leap of faith. When my two daughters were in-utero I read up on every possible ruh-roh that could happen to their development.

All that research reinforced that there's a Creator that makes order out of much that could be chaotic.

at 4/26/07, 9:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

coming from a person who is actually in the special ed field, this autism hysteria craze is completely overblown. its nothing more than a case of overdiagnosis, similar to ADD/ADHD. thanks for jumping on the bandwagon though!

at 4/27/07, 11:38 PM Blogger Graham said...

Where you see soaring rates of *autism diagnosis* and mistake it for soaring rates of autism, as an adult diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at 40, I see plummeting rates of undiagnosed autism, of lost potential, and of ruined lives.

at 4/28/07, 4:35 AM Blogger Graham said...

Where are all the adults with autism?

We're amongst you.
You know us, we're the socially innappropriate people that you try to make go away, the odd people you don't understand.
We're ham radio nuts and stamp collectors. Some of us are the people who stare at their feet and never say "boo", others engage total strangers in conversations they don't want to have with us.

We don't all look alike, but when you get to know us, we're dead easy to spot.

In the movie Rainman, Dustin Hoffman went to considerable trouble to present his autistic character authentically, but in the 1986 Australian film Malcolm, the main character just as authentically has Asperger's syndrome - before it had even been heard of in the english speaking world.

We're amongst you, you know us well, you just don't know that we're on the Autistic spectrum.

Graham in Melbourne, Australia

PS, we're also the people who obsess about getting things right and post multiple replies to blogs. 8-)

at 4/29/07, 12:36 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

graham, where you see soaring rates of undiagnosed autism, i see the expansion of the "spectrum".

at this point, 9/10 people would probably fit on the spectrum these days. it's pathetic, and i'm sorry you are unable to admit that doctors these days toss around the autism diagnosis like its nothing. i, too, see ruined lives. lives ruined by careless doctors who have no qualms about sticking an autism diagnosis on a child for the rest of their lives. it truly is sad. autism is the new ADD, whether you are able to admit it or not.

p.s. i just posted my second reply to this blog. can i be diagnosed with aspergers now and get my check from the state of ohio for it?

at 4/30/07, 9:35 AM Anonymous Fred said...

My Child
by Marla DeBruin

There is a child I want you to know. The child is my child.
My child looks like your child, normal and perfect in every way.
My child, however, has an invisible disability.
I'm sure you've seen my child. My child is the one who is never invited to birthday parties.
My child is the child who has never been over to your house to play with your child.
My child is the one who sits alone on the swing at the playground.
My child is the one who watches other children play together.
My child wants to play with your child, but is told "no" because my child acts differently than your child.
My child's disability makes my child extremely naive, something you don't find in children my child's age.
My child doesn't make fun of others and likes everyone.
Small children are attracted to my child because of my child's patience with them.
Adults find my child charming and polite because that is the only way my child knows how to behave with others. For some reason, children the same age as my child find these characteristics unsettling. Your child avoids my child because of this.
Many adults work towards helping my child try to fit in.
My child is told social stories to help make my child more like yours. The problem is that my child needs your child to help learn social skills. Unfortunately this can't happen because your child wants nothing to do with my child.
Your child, I'm sure, was taught at an early age to be kind to physically disabled people. With a certain amount of sympathy and good manners, they accept those who are afflicted. I wish you could teach your child that some disabilities are not obvious.
My child does not want sympathy; my child just wants friends.
My child has autism.
My child could be your child.

at 5/5/07, 2:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent this letter to my newspaper when it published that cartoon:Jim Borgman’s cartoon on April 28, 2007 was highly offensive to me. A man and obviously pregnant woman stand gazing over a boundary of some sort labeled “soaring rates of autism”, at an abandoned playground with a caption “Leap of Faith”. What is he trying to say? Are we to think “Gee, having a baby is a big gamble because, ewwwww, we might get an ‘Autistic’ one.”

What is the significance of the empty playground? What, Autistic kids don’t PLAY? So where are they? Have we locked them up in some padded room somewhere? What turnip truck did Mr. Borgman come in on?

Recent Autism rates do reflect a definite increase, partially due to the recognition of the spectrum of varying degrees of the syndrome. Contrary to Mr. Borgman’s obvious unfortunate opinion—these kids are not necessarily defective. These children have highly developed and superior mental abilities, sensory perceptions, and uncanny talents to those of the rest of us ‘normal’ people. Often they are more affectionate and loving, as well.

Autistic people simply process information differently than the rest of us. It’s not their problem, it’s ours. We must learn to keep up with them. Once we reach that understanding, the stigma loses its negativity, and we achieve a skill level that benefits anyone we ever come in contact with.

What if Mr. Borgman’s parents had hesitations about his birth because of fears of having a child who would publish biased and misguided opinions for millions of people to read?

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