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Join the Autism Speaks James Durbin Voting Club

James Durbin is simply amazing! He is such a talent and we are rooting for him on this season of American Idol. James has been diagnosed with both Tourette’s and Asperger’s Syndromes and is an inspiration to us all. He has overcome many challenges and we are proud to support him on American Idol! In order to support him fully, we’ve decided to create alerts to remind you to vote for him each week!

To get connected, friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to receive updates on your mobile phone! All you have to do is text ‘James’ to 30644. We will send reminders out each week to vote for tune in and vote for James and do our collective best as the autism community to support James!

 

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  1. Colleen Woodruff
    April 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Please let me know when to vote for James on American Idol! My whole family LOVES Him and he is such an inspiration to us. I have 2 children diagnosed with Autism… one has PDD the other is Severe Autism with MR, BiPolar & ADHD.

  2. April 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    James Durbin is a true American Idol!

  3. April 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    James deserves our votes simply because he IS the best, not because he’s on the spectrum. I have mixed emotions about this project. And I think, no, I know he’s going to win!

  4. Donna W.
    April 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    We LOVE James! He is one talented young man!

  5. Tracy
    April 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I have a son with Asperger’s and a nephew with autism. I work in the field and am in contact all day with children and adults on the spectrum at all functioning levels. I don’t believe that James has Asperger’s. James – if you get yourself re-evaluated I think you will find that you don’t qualify for a diagnosis. Tourette’s – OK. But an autism spectrum diagnosis – I don’t think so. And I can assure you that I’m not alone in my sentiments.
    That being said, James is my all time favorite. I’m rooting for you all the way and I hope you win! You are the most entertaining performer I’ve seen on American Idol. A true performer with great stage presence and an amazing voice. You’ve got my vote!

    • chyrrel
      April 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

      I have a son on the spectrum and there are a lot of people who meet him and think .. no way is this child high functioning autism.. well.. if they only knew.. he is on a myriad of meds to keep him as close as possible to a “typical” child.. however he has ocd, adhd, anxiety disorder.. all of those do fall under the autism umbrella.
      What makes you believe he doesn’t have Aspergers?
      Aside from that discussion, James is an extremely talented young man who will go far as a musician.

      • tj
        April 9, 2011 at 1:54 am

        @ Tracy: I am offended by your statement about James not having Asperger’s. My nephew is very high functioning Asperger’s. He is talented and a college graduate. Many people who meet him for the first time have NO Idea. It’s the little things that only those who know the spectrum, know what to look for. All you are doing by second guessing James, is taking away all the hard work it took to become the wonderful young man he is today.He is an inspiration.

    • Suzanne
      April 7, 2011 at 9:52 am

      I don’t know why you believe that James does not have Asperger’s but I am somewhat offended by your statement. My son has Asperger’s and most people do not realize it. My son is high functioning, but it has taken a lot of work on his part as well on our entire family and school system. James has a strong personality and he is willing to work to overcome the challenges that he has. No two people on the spectrum are the same.

      Bill Gate and Einstein are believed to have Asperger’s and they are/were extremely successful in their fields. Asperger kids focus in on the one or two things that they are passionate about and then drive themselves to achieve at their chosen area. James is passionate about singing and it comes out every time he sings, that is what makes him great.

    • Toyia
      April 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

      Tracy i have a son with Asperger’s and no one believes he is autistic! If i don’t tell anyone no one would know. Maybe you need to get your son re-evaluated he may be on a lower end of the spectrum. I also have and autistic cousin there is a big different in my son and him. JUST SAYING NOT ALL AUTISTIC PEOPLE ARE THE SAME. you cant judge a book by its cover

    • Kathy Ray
      April 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

      See…this is the problem I’ve dealt with with my 15 year old daughter with Asperger’s. She was diagnosed by a world-renowned psychiatrist…but because she is currently functioning well, people feel the need to give their opinions on her diagnosis. She is doing well for a reason! Therapy, medication, socialization training, school accommodations, etc., from the time she was six years old. Also, help from a Mom (me) who grew up with an Aunt on the Spectrum. This is why it is called a Spectrum…there are varying degrees of intensity. Anyway…it bothered me a lot at first that people wouldn’t accept her diagnosis. But the people who matter, her immediate family, her school, her doctors, her parents, her cheer coaches, they all accept it and understand. And she continues to thrive due to hard work on everyone’s part…especially hers! I am so happy and grateful for her progress I can’t allow naysayers to bother me.

      • Donna W.
        April 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm

        My son has Asperger’s and is 19. He was diagnosed 3 times by 3 different Asperger’s specialists. To look at him, you would never guess he is on the spectrum. When he was younger, he was on medication and had tons of therapy, plus an IEP in school and TONS of support from me! And that’s what got him through school. The spectrum is so expansive, and not every kid with Aspgergers has the same symptoms or appearance…my son has some ADD, ODD and obsesses about things, but is totally calm and gentle…I know another child with Aspergers who has rage issues and another who has severe coordination issues along with depression…I suggest you have your son re-examined

    • Mary Roppolo
      April 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Tracy- until you have spent a great deal of time with James in a variety of situations you have no right to evaluate him. My son was just officially diagnosed with PDD-NOS and if I didnt agree with her I would be inclined to not believe her either since she only spent an hour with him and read mine and ECI’s surveys. I had the same very nice qualifed woman in my home once a week for a year and we would look at each other each week and say “I just dont know” because Austim doesnt fit into a neat little box. My child seems to be a normal 3 yr old thats a little out of controll and behind to most people, and blame it on me.. but I know that somethings just not right. The sadest part was that my family some of whom were teachers for 20+ years were the worst, and they did spend alot of time with him, they just never pushed him so they never saw what I did. And for the record I only saw a feed about a contestant on American Idol being Autistic and I guessed who it was on the first interview I saw by the determined struggle in his eyes.

    • josbox29@yahoo.com
      April 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      I’ve got to say; for someone who works in the field, I find your comments ridiculous. My son has Asperger’s and when he was just starting school I was given a very pessimistic prognosis for his ability to function in a typical classroom. With and unbelievable amount of work he has a diploma and on casual inspection appears “typical”. You CANNOT diagnose a medical condition from viewing a tv show. Laughable. And ignorant.

    • Carrie
      April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Tracy, I don’t doubt that you have experience in the field of autism. I myself have a 15 year-old daughter with Asperger’s. I know enough to realize that cases of Asperger’s can vary vastly. I’m appalled that you would use this fan site to question James’ diagnosis, especially when you don’t have the facts. Isn’t it the goal of persons diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome to appear normal? This is disrespectful of James and his efforts. Does it really matter what his “label” is? If I have said this once, I’ve said it a thousand times…AUTISM DOES NOT DEFINE A PERSON. IT IS MERELY A COMPONENT OF A PERSON’S IDENTITY. The only label that needs to be in question here is which record label is going to sign him!!!!! GO JAMES!!!!

    • April 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      My daughter has Aspergers syndrome and if you were just looking at her you can’t tell but her ackwardness, and repetitive behaviors and she gets hyperfocused on things, and noticed more at home the school doesnt see what the psychologist see. And she loves to sing too! everyone on the autism spectrum is different so dont try to be everyones psychologist just ry to encourage him because its taking alot for him to overcome some of his personal issues to do what he has done. I am proud of him!

      • Jill
        May 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

        Tina, you described my son to a “T”. I actually teared up reading your post because a lot of ppl dont realize why my son is “anti social” and in elementary school, his 3rd grade teacher noticed the signs, but the school psych (who only saw the need to eval him once) said the signs weren’t there. My son is now 13, 7th grade, and has done well. Instead of having him diagnosed in school (which would have moved him into lower functioning Spec Ed classes, I spoke with his teachers individually and they have looked after him. His current focus is on technology. I couldn’t be a prouder mom! With James Durbin being such a great young man, it gave my son a view on how life can be!!

    • Jennifer S
      April 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      How can you be an aspie mom and professional and have the ability to diagnose someone who watch on t.v. 20 minutes a week? Hopefully, your child is young which would explain the misconception of an older child on the spectrum. James has the unique ability to channel his anxiety from society’s expectations of him through his music. My 21-year-old son has the same reaction when listening to classical music. My assumption is that you work with adult aspies, but have not lived with one. Adults on the spectrum are so very different, and are many times denied the care and treatment that they desperately need. Working with an adult aspie does not even come close to understanding their behaviors unless you have raised one.

      Surely you noticed that James’ response to Hulk Hogan wasn’t a normal, age-appropriate behavior of a 21-year-old. Wrestling is obviously his ‘obsession,’ but still way beyond to that of the just as excited, non-aspie singer standing next to him.
      My son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 5 coupled with bad parenting. His ‘ADHD’ was so extreme, they tested him again when 11 and that’s when he was diagnosed. Because of his age and the years that he had been denied the very needed treatment, we were limited on the help that was available.

      So, please don’t judge the doctor who diagnosed this talented young man with Asperger’s, or the people trying to help him succeed in life. Don’t shoot him down like so many others did before he showed up on American Idol have. Just remember, things are not always what they appear.

    • Clinican R
      April 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      THANK YOU Tracy!

      I work day in and day out with individuals on the autism spectrum, including young adults on a college campus. I have a young son on the autism spectrum who is doing very well because of the interventions he’s had over the past 8 years. While I agree with many of the respondants, that autism doesn’t “look the same” in everyone, Mr. Durbin is lacking MANY critical characteristics of Aspergers. I grant that Fox has edited much of his footage so we may not see the whole picture; but what I do see on camera, doesn’t look anything like Autism, Aspergers, ASD, or whatever lable one relates too.

      Mr. Durbin is extremely talented and will be a successful artist! But I agree with Tracy. If he was evaluated today, a skilled clinician, trained in the current “gold standard” measures used to assess ASDs, he would not be assigned an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

      • Carrie
        April 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm

        Again, I take offense to people using this website to question James’ Autism diagnosis. I have a big problem with persons claiming they have enough experience to be the sole judge when it took a professional team of 5 persons to evaluate and diagnose my daugther. So unethical for someone claiming to be experienced and a clinician!!!!!!

      • RainbowButterfly
        April 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        Since when, can any of us write a black and white list, that [This is the spectrum]….[This is not] There is a reason they use the puzzle piece to signify the spectrum. It is because there are so many different aspects for children that the “Rainbow” covers. I have two children on the spectrum, my oldest, after meds, therapy, counseling, and all the support and love he’s recieved, to the outside world, wouldn’t know he has it. NO ONE has any right to say, “Oh, he doesn’t look like he has it.” Who are you to do that? You can’t and you shouldn’t presume to “know”…if you are “pretending” to be supportive of the Autistic spectrum and all that are on it, then be supportive, loving, kind, and uplifting. How selfish must you be to come to a board supporting a young man like James, and saying, “Oh, I don’t think he has, he doesn’t look like it, and I know what “it” looks like”….get off your high horse and support the young man, don’t pick him apart according to your standards!!!

      • Jill
        April 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

        Seriously… who are you people that feel you can judge someone you don’t even know? I have a big problem with people that feel they have to do this. If you don’t believe he has AS, fine. Go on your way and mind your own business. You are, however, in the minority. It is interesting how people that supposedly work so much with people on the spectrum can be so clueless. If you are truly a professional, you know there are no specific characteristics that make up AS. It differs greatly between each individual. And again, you don’t know him at all so how do you even know what characteristics he has or doesn’t have?

      • Torree
        April 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

        There is a number of things I see. 1. over emotional (take a look at his audition). 2. He doesn’t keep eye contact when he’s singing he stares straight forward, not at anyone, or he closes his eyes. 3. You don’t just not have aspergers anymore. I have it and I am almost the same as everyone else. So you really know nothing, you’re just as bad as all the teachers who said I was normal. It’s people like you that misdiagnose/judge us that causes us to fail. SO SHAME ON YOU!

    • Jenny
      April 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

      I didn’t feel James had Asperger’s either. And if he does it is a very mild case. He showed no signs of the disorder as far as I saw. He may have been taught on how to act for this interview. It all depends on the severity of the case.

      • Barb
        April 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm

        You obviously don’t know very much about ASD, and really shouldn’t speak of things that you don’t understand.

    • Patty G
      April 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      My 9 yr old son who has the exact same diagnosis as James had the privilege to meet James behind the scenes while they prepared for A.I. a few weeks ago. If you could have seen what I saw, there would be no doubt in your mind about his diagnosis. James was very nice to my son, a little impulsive, great sense of humor. It is obvious that he has a great support team to help keep in focused and on task. Winner of this seasons American Idol or not, this guys gonna be HUGE!!!!

    • Jill
      April 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      I’m sorry and I don’t mean to be rude but I think those opinions need to be kept to yourself. You don’t know him so you have no right to say anything about his diagnosis. I see so many similarities between James and my daughter so I have no doubt in my mind that he has AS. Not that it is any of anyone’s business one way or the other. As someone who supposedly works in the field and has so much experience, surely you know that no two people with AS are exactly alike. There are so many different strengths… different weaknesses. They all have different quirks and issues. Who are you to diagnose someone you have never spent one minute with in real life?

    • Torree
      April 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I don’t agree with you saying that he doesn’t have aspergers. I have it too, and most people don’t know it. You would have to live with me to see it, you can’t just meet me and know. So no offense but you’re wrong in your statement.

    • Don
      April 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Tracy,I’m with you-you have experience with both autism and Asperger’s. You work in the field. You have as much a right to your opinion. I personally would not have chosen this website to do so, but as someone with Tourette’s (diagnosed) AND truth be told, probably Aspeger’s I feel that emotions are running too high on this issue. Yes he has TS and Asperger’s. No that does not make him somehow more noble or more deserving to win than anyone else. We’ve all got a story to tell, don’t judge his worthiness in this competition on anything other than talent

    • dee
      April 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      Tracy, why would you say that? You don’t see James on a regular basis and as there are no two kids that area alike it is really hard to say one way or another. Most of the time people would never know that my son is anything but hyper but he in fact is a HF autistic child so to discount James and what he is dx with just isn’t fair unless you are with him 24 hrs a day. Most likely he is on meds that assist with some of his symptoms also so…

    • SB
      April 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      I am with TJ. My daughter has Asperger’s and many people don’t realize that she does have it. I think it’s very hard to make that type of judgement without having any interaction with James. All you see the small part that they show online. Do you know how he interacts with others – no. Do you know how he problem solves – no. How can you make that diagnosis – even a clinical psychiatrist couldn’t make that type of diagonosis by seeing him on the television.

    • Steve
      April 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Fact of the matter is Tracy or anyone else that thinks James is not on the spectrum is a coin flipper. Your opinion is nothing more than a guess. Anyone in the field, supposedly someone that works with kids on the spectrum, would not attempt to diagnose someone you have never met. No one makes a diagnosis without evidence/testing.

      Your opinion lacks all credibility when you make statements that are impossible to back up with any fact.

      Ask your mechanic to diagnose your car trouble without him every seeing the car. Ask your doctor why your back hurts without making a visit to see him.

      Big differences between guesses and fact.

    • Claudia Smith-Cruz
      May 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      I’m sorry Doctor Tracy is it? I also have 2 kids with Autism and get the same response “I would never have guessed” There is no certain look to being on the Spectrum. Let’s leave the diagnosis to the professionals.

    • Liz
      May 12, 2011 at 12:16 am

      Your comment reminds me of the Autism Specialist in my son’s school. His comment to me after spending 1 hour observing my son was “He’s too social to have Aspergers.” My reply was “Thanks, we’ve worked very hard for him to be this social. It is by no means an accident.” After 5 years, that same specialist is now one of my son’s biggest advocates.

    • Cheryl
      October 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Tracy, I’m very surprised at your statement and long-distance diagnosis. I’ve lived with the Tourette’s Syndrome thru my daughter since she was 11 and who is now 30. She is still disabled and was not able to overcome and control her severe tics like James Durbin has. Additionally, my daughter had a daughter in 2001 who was diagnosed with PDD (Autism Spectrum) by the time she was 4-5. She was put into early intervention classes at 3-1/2 and started talking at age 4. She’s now in 5th grade, high functioning and in full communication. She still has an IEP and several Special Ed classes, but attends “inclusion” classes with typical 5th graders for Science & Social Studies. She’s an excellent reader. Few people would know there was anything different about her, except for her tendency to prefer to be alone in past years, and still does on certain occasions. My brother’s grandson, ALSO BORN IN 2001, was diagnosed even earlier with Autism. His difficulties are more severe and the education system in CA for kids with disabilities is not so great. As other poster’s have said, all these things are in the “spectrum” and no one child will be exactly the same. Most of these kids have ADD or ADHD along with OCD and other disorders in the spectrum. There are kids with Aspbergers who are extremely intelligent and talented, but are lacking in social skills, and others who cannot handle interacting with people in an acceptable manner. By the way, I can easily picture my granddaughter, in another 6 or 7 years doing exactly what James Durbin was able to do. She’ll probably NEVER be a mathematician, because she struggles terribly with math concepts. But in all other areas, she excels. She has an amazing memory and is very artistic and creative.

      I know this post comes way after the fact, however, there are people out there desperately looking for information and a shoulder to cry on or whatever. Please don’t mislead people.

  6. Megan
    April 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I love watching James sing, it makes me feel like anything is possible! I agree, he should win because he is the best… and he is the best!

  7. Laurie
    April 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    James is the best there is – We have to vote vote vote for him for the full 2 hours every week. Get your friends, your family – everyone to vote for him. He could make Idol history! Imagine the first American Idol with a disability! Idols ratings would skyrocket – James inspires all and is an amazingly talented artist. He deserves to win! I vote for James, not because he has Aspergers or Tourettes. I vote for James because his voice chills me to the bone!

  8. Jody A.
    April 7, 2011 at 12:54 am

    James you are an inspiration to my son (8yrs.old/Aspergers)
    You bring tears to my eye’s.
    You voice ROCKs.
    P.S.
    It’s Tuesday night….voting like crazy…
    James Durbin #1 American Idol ..vote…vote…vote..

  9. Jody A.
    April 7, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Jody A. :James you are an inspiration to my son (8yrs.old/Aspergers)You bring tears to my eye’s.Your voice ROCKs.P.S.It’s Tuesday night….voting like crazy…James Durbin #1 American Idol ..vote…vote…vote..

  10. thelma6954
    April 7, 2011 at 12:59 am

    I’ve been voting for James each and every week. I do it online on the American Idol site where they allow you to vote up to 50 times. It only takes me about 15 minutes to cast them all for James!

  11. April 7, 2011 at 8:33 am

    We have been voting every week! To those though that seem to think that he is “not autistic enough” or doesn’t “seem like he should have a diagnosis” it angers me because he is embracing this diagnosis and saying that it doesn’t really matter-he loves to sing and does it well. How do we know what his personal struggles are and what he has to overcompensate for on a daily basis? I have a very musical high functioning daughter and I often hear from friends, “well, she is fine now right?” like she just outgrew autism- no, they see a different child functioning in society, but don’t know what we sometimes go through at home. I love that Autism Speaks is behind him- he is the best up on that stage and he deserves to win-not be analyzed on his Aspergers Go James!

    • chyrrel
      April 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

      I couldn’t agree with you more. My son is able to keep it together for the most part at school, but when he reaches home.. his comfort zone.. he is in his own world. Tunes everything out and that is because his day has him mentally exhausted. He suffers in silence at school and has now started lashing out at school because he’s “bored” and his answer to why are you doing these things is always the same “bored” or “I don’t know”. Spend a couple of hours with my son and you’ll see he’s different then a typical 10 year old.
      James is truly gifted.. and correct me if I am wrong, but many gifted people in the past have been in the spectrum. I most certainly agree that the saying “he is not autistic enough” is very angering. I’m tired of hearing that with my son too. Walk a mile in his an my shoes then get back to me.

      I am glad to see someone else seeing things the way I do.. thanks Hope!

    • melissa markland
      April 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Hope, I totally agree with you!!!!!!! I get the same thing about my 9 yr old…. James is extremely talented, an awesome entertainer, and an inspiration to everyone. He moves me every time he sings… he never ceases to amaze me!!! I think James will be in the finale….. then Stephan Tyler will have to perform with him =)))))

    • Psychomama
      April 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Hope, I so agree with you! My own son, who is 10 yrs older than my 9 yr old (who has Aspergers)said to me just the other day.. “well, he’s better, he doesn’t have it that bad) … Are you kidding me?!?!? That gets me so angry!!!! These kids deal with things internally quite often when others don’t see it…

    • C Smith
      April 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

      “To those though that seem to think that he is “not autistic enough” or doesn’t “seem like he should have a diagnosis” it angers me because he is embracing this diagnosis and saying that it doesn’t really matter-he loves to sing and does it well. How do we know what his personal struggles are and what he has to overcompensate for on a daily basis?”
      Thank you for this comment because it angers me when someone questions the diagnosis for my high functioning son with Asperger’s. He is bright, articulate and has a great sense of humor which can sometimes mislead people into thinking he has “outgrown” his diagnosis. My son and our family struggle every day and just because he has moments where his Asperger’s isn’t screaming in your face doesn’t mean it’s gone…I wish. My son also has Tourtette’s and just because it’s been a day without a visible tic I wouldn’t fool myself into believing he will be is Unless you are James’ doctor how dare you question whether or not he qualifies for a diagnosis. Anyone who is seriously involved with people on the spectrum know that each person presents differently and given time and treatment they can learn to compensate for their disability…kudos for James for showing the world that people with Asperger’s and Tourette’s aren’t sentenced to the role of social outcast and that in fact they can shine and

    • candie
      April 7, 2011 at 9:42 am

      well said hope! i work with kids on the spectrum (intervention) and someone did a great job w/ james :)

    • C Smith
      April 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

      “To those though that seem to think that he is “not autistic enough” or doesn’t “seem like he should have a diagnosis” it angers me because he is embracing this diagnosis and saying that it doesn’t really matter-he loves to sing and does it well. How do we know what his personal struggles are and what he has to overcompensate for on a daily basis?”
      Thank you for this comment because it angers me when someone questions the diagnosis for my high functioning son with Asperger’s. He is bright, articulate and has a great sense of humor which can sometimes mislead people into thinking he has “outgrown” his diagnosis. My son and our family struggle every day and just because he has moments where his Asperger’s isn’t screaming in your face doesn’t mean it’s gone…I wish. When my son feels he is in his element his symptoms are less obvious, maybe that’s why James appears to look so natural up on stage, his tics disappear when he is singing and he is in his zone. My son also has Tourtette’s and if he is lucky enough to go a day without a visible tic I wouldn’t fool myself into believing he is now tic-free. Unless you are James’ doctor how dare you question whether or not he qualifies for a diagnosis. Anyone who is seriously involved with people on the spectrum know that each person presents differently and given time and treatment they can learn to compensate for their disability…kudos to James for finding a place to showcase his talent and for showing the world that people with Asperger’s and Tourette’s aren’t sentenced to the role of social outcast and that in fact they can shine and fulfill the dreams they dare to dream. I vote for James every week but I will be honest and say that if I didn’t feel he was a powerhouse with a voice that moved me he wouldn’t deserve my vote. James Rocks!!!

    • Toyia
      April 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

      Amen i totally agree!

    • Angela
      April 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

      I work with a child who was diagnosed with Asperger’s though his parents and psychologist and I do not believe the board of ed’s psycholoigical determination. However, he is on the spectrum. Unfortunately, autism has changed drastically over the years from when Kanner(1943) research described what was called autism. Over the years when children didn’t fit into his descriptive term for this they started expanding on it to “make” children fit and now call it the autism spectrum disorder.
      I am not saying autism doesn’t exist, far from that. However, parents and clinicians need to stop labeling our children! There are too many stigmas associated with these labels that make it unfair to the child as well as the family. Often times family will even treat a child of theirs who was dianosed with ASD differently, as if they are the disease and not just a child living with this disorder. Parents, some of you should read “The myth of autism….how a misunderstood epidemic is destroying our children”

      As for James, he should not win because he was diagnosed with ASD or Tourettes or for being able to get past these issues for the sake of singing, he should win for his talent of singing and singing alone. Each year there is someone on the show that america flocks to because of a disability or “tragedy” in their life, I understand this group is for Autism Speaks and from what I hear James is a phenominal singer but thats what it should be about and it seems that many of you are saying things that he should win because he is handling his deficits in an amazing way….

      As for statements about Einstein having ASD….you can not possibly diagnose a dead person!

      • Mary Roppolo
        April 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        The fact that the (far) above lady said that James needs to be re-diagnosed makes me mad. But at the same time, I can see what Angela is saying. James is a very talented singer, and him having a disability makes it only that much more of a special talent. But he should win based on that talent and nothing else. As for the labels I agree and disagree. My son is 3, he has only been givin an educational diagnosis and I was told in no uncertain terms that there is a huge difference in the determination of that and a medical diagnosis. I am very new to all this so feel free to correct me. I was very concerned about my son being labeled and it following him thru life and putting up road blocks. But I have been reassured over and over that with enough intervetion there is a good chance he will be mainstreamed and most people wont be able to tell. The educational diagnosis wont put up road blocks, it will ensure that he is provided with the extra attetntion and tools he needs to learn in his own special way. So I agree, Austim is very “stigmatized” and maybe sometimes a little loosly used. But people will always be ignorant and there is nothing anyone can do about that, and if you use an Austim diagnosis as a motivation to push your child that much harder to be a happy functioning member of society, not an excuse to give up then it is a good thing! I also found that the stares when I didnt hae an answer for why I have no control despite my best efforts over my child, why he doesnt talk or share, hits, pushes and refuses to do anything were much worse and have turned into understanding when I reply hes not a retched brat, hes Austistic.

      • Carrie
        April 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

        The label isn’t the bad guy…society and ignorance are. Society has to be taught that a label isn’t the same as a limit. Fear of stigma should not interfere with our kids getting whatever support and treatment they need…label or no label. Society creates the stigma, so educate society.

    • Carrie
      April 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you Hope! You said it best. Who is anyone to judge or question whether or not someone is autistic enough to carry the label?

    • SB
      April 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      Those who don’t think he seems “autistic enough” obviously have no clue what Aspergers is or they would realize that many of the traits of Aspergers is vastly different than those of what people think as classic autism. Read people – quit assuming.

  12. DawnMarie Nasi
    April 7, 2011 at 9:20 am

    My twin sons have both been diagnosed with PDD, severe ADHD and the older twin has OCD too. Its a hard life full of negative judgment by many people. He is an inspiration for my family and sons. he gives me hope that my sons will succeed in liofe with our help!!
    James you have our vote!

    • DawnMarie Nasi
      April 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

      I agree with you. Society thinks of autistic children stuck in a corner flapping and rocking.If they are able to function then it must be bad behavior or over diagnosis. My sons use to flap and rock, now they have found different ways to channel their energy or when they need to self-regulate. Outside people do not understand that there is a whole line, spectrum of autism. Every child whether they are severe moderate or mild are important and special. Each child and their families have daily struggles just to make it through one day.
      Every part of our day must be planned and spoken about so my sons can function and not have a melt-down in public. Then we get the STARES from every one who thinks i dont discipline my children.
      James keep on rocking you light the way for our children.

    • Angela
      April 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Hi DawnMarie, check out this book called “The Myth of Autism, how a misunderstood epidemic is destroying our children” by Dr. Michael J. Goldberg. You can even google his name. the only reason I am suggesting this to you is because you mentioned PDD and ADHD. I know it has got to be a struggle everyday for you especially with it presenting in both boys and I applaud you. I love children and returned to college for a degree in psychology this time and plan to get my masters in early education for special education and austism. However, I picked up this book and it is an interesting read. I hate seeing children being diagnosed with things that they might not have, and I am not saying your sons don’t have this. But in reading the book it could possibly be a medical issue that is treatable and cureable….if it is not I am sorry as I do not mean this in any disrespectful way at all.

      But just know that even if those diagnoses stick, your sons have a strong family support system to guide them through life so there is no reason for them not to be able to have a good life!

      • Jennifer S
        April 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

        Your book is a book – nothing more. It is written by someone who does not know my child. If you believe a book over a parent, you should carefully reconsider the direction you are heading. No offense, but teaching, working, nore being related to a child on the spectrum is not the same as being a parent.

        If you plan to work with children with a disability and have the notion that they can be cured by reading this book,I think you might want to redirect your career.
        Although, you won’t learn what it is like to be a parent of an autistic child, you might have a better understanding if you live with a family with an autistic child for a week, a month would be even better…. then you can at least have a true assessment to back up this guy’s theory.
        Not only that – but if autism was curable, don’t you think everyone dealing with this very real disability would run for the cure???? Do you think we want to have this lifestyle for our child? Do you doubt that we are trying to provide our children a better life? Go live with a family, then you will at least have a the ability to help these kids post-graduation instead of trying to prevent them the help they desperately need.

  13. Laurene
    April 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

    awesome, awesome, awesome….this kid has it all, such an inspiration, I know I felt tears on my face while he was singing this song

  14. Laurene
    April 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

    HOPE: I totally agree with you…my son is autistic and I have been working with him since he was 2 1/2…he just had another Neuro. phy. eval. by the school and he is saying my son is no longer autistic because he is to high functioning….you don’t outgrow autism…my life has been providing every service I could find to get my son to where he is today. I think it is incredible that James can go out every week and overcome so many obsticles that many people don’t realize he has to overcome.

  15. Amanda
    April 7, 2011 at 9:26 am

    What a sweet guy!His performance last night brought me to tears!It just goes to show that Autism does not define those who have it!It is just another part of them.He is truly inspiring!

    • Carrie
      April 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      I totally agree Amanda =)

  16. Psychomama
    April 7, 2011 at 9:42 am

    James is an amazing young man, I give him much credit for his courage to go out there and follow his dream. Every week I watch his face as he talks to the camera and as they analyze his performance and I see my son, in his face. His emotions are right there!!!! He is a wonderful performer and is going to go far!!!
    Our next American Idol!!!!!

  17. Rosalie Manfre
    April 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Well said Hope.xoxo My nephew has Aspergers he too is high functioning and very intelligent , It is those who are ignorant that always have something to say- James has given me hope for my nephews future, James is a true gift from God having him share his story will inspire so many parents who have children that are like James and those who are aware of the same condition will believe in themselves like James believes in himself.. I too have tears when I see James poor his heart out with his singing showing everyone that anything is possible once you put your mind-heart and soul into it… THANK YOU JAMES for being who you are.

  18. Rosalie Manfre
    April 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Well said Hope.xoxo My nephew has Aspergers he too is high functioning and very intelligent , It is those who are ignorant that always have something to say- James has given me hope for my nephews future, James is a true gift from God having him share his story will inspire so many parents who have children that are like James and those who are aware of the same condition will believe in themselves like James believes in himself.. I too have tears when I see James pour his heart out with his singing showing everyone that anything is possible once you put your mind-heart and soul into it… THANK YOU JAMES for being who you are.

  19. debbie wilcoxson
    April 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

    James we just found out that my 7 year old grandson has Ashbergers and just want you to know that you are such an insperation to our family…i know that he can have a verying bright future…good luck on Idol..take it all the way..you are in it to win it…many thanks!

  20. cyndi
    April 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

    James is AMAZING! I wish the best for him….my grandson has Autism and James is a real inspiration…..and to all the people that picked on him I bet they wish they were his friend now! James has an amazing voice and he deserves to win as much as anyone else! James has an amazing stage presence.

  21. Mary Clifton
    April 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Laurie :James is the best there is – We have to vote vote vote for him for the full 2 hours every week. Get your friends, your family – everyone to vote for him. He could make Idol history! Imagine the first American Idol with a disability! Idols ratings would skyrocket – James inspires all and is an amazingly talented artist. He deserves to win! I vote for James, not because he has Aspergers or Tourettes. I vote for James because his voice chills me to the bone!

  22. Frankie
    April 7, 2011 at 10:31 am

    James is a true inspiration for any child/adult touched by Autism or ASD. He is my new idol wether or not America agrees!

  23. Vanessa Marie
    April 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

    It’s truly amazing what you’ve done. Every wk when I watch Idol I wait to see James preform. I knew he had tourettes but there was no way of me knowing that he also had Asperger’s. It’s amazing to see him on stage and perform. There was a reason why I gravitated towards him when I first started watching the show and now he’s become one of my favorite performer on stage. That despite disorders, he has done his best to overcome those challenges! My son has ADHD and Asperger’s and just reading Jame’s story knowing that he has dealt and is going thru this with his life and just overcoming these challenges that he is presented with every day gives me more and more hope and positive thoughts that my son will too one day present the hidden talent or talents that God has for him, that he has plans for my son! Thank you James for your story is inspiring! And keep up the great job performing on Idol! I’d like to see you thru this all the way to the end. Not bc of your disorders, but bc of the wonderful talent that God has blessed you with! I love watching seeing you and hearing you every wk, showing off your talents! I love it! Good luck!

  24. mama23sofar
    April 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Why are all the labels necessary? We all have things to deal with/over come (however you want to put it). Some are just more challenging and take more work to do. We are all human beings who deserve to be given praise for who and what we are, and are to become. No one should be labeled and stuck there. We should all have people who inspire us to be better, which I truly believe should start at home, and should be the focus. Teach your children to aspire to be what God intended them to be not the worlds picture of them, and there is no way they can fail.

    • Jennifer S
      April 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Because ~ these types of labels are needed so that people with this very real disability can receive the social and medical help they need to be successful in school, and life. This label will give them a better chance at getting a job, or just surviving in this cruel world. You will never understand what our entire families go through each day unless you experience your own autistic child.

      PLEASE understand this – – – this is a disorder, a disability. Just as a double amputee can be given a better life with prosthetics, an autistic child needs this label so they can have a chance at a better life. You cannot teach a child to overcome their disorder.

      And by implying that parents of autistic children are not doing everything they can at home to help their child ‘inspire to better,’ is actually doing the very opposite. This would be denying their child the ability to ever come close to aspiring.

      Don’t assume that God isn’t with me everyday of my life. He is the one that gets me through each and every day. I couldn’t take this journey without Him.

      Your entire comment is personally attacking every person in this world who has an autistic child. Don’t deny these kids help by thinking they can overcome it with more love that starts at home.

      • Angela
        April 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

        I am assuming you are the same Jennifer that said my comment was just a book.
        I responded by quoting you unfortunately it couldn’t be under the comment you posted.

        As for autism being caused by lack of love that is a falicy as you stated.

        Stop thinking everyone is out to attack Autism and the children and families.

        I hope you will read the comment I wrote about the book though.
        the book is written by a Pediatrician with facts sited from medical journals, conferences, other doctors and case studies of children he treats.

        It was just suggested as somethng else to consider because Psychology is not an exact science. What one psychologist says or does could completely differ from another 2 doors down and neither one of them would be considered incorrect.

        Whether the medical route is right for anyone’s child is up to the parent, but the only way to know if it is, is to read it or do the research (which he did for you in the book) if you google Dr, Michael Goldberg you can find his website even to get some information.

        the reason people do not flock to him is because all the money for autism goes to psychology, he is proposing that some of the ASD kids might not be asd and might have something physically wrong with their brain structure. If monies were split to go to medical research and psychology the prevalence rates might not keeo dropping so low.

        good luck, but just know my comments were made out of concern not ignorance. And I still plan to continue with my studies and go the path I am going, your statement to me was ignorant

  25. Rosalie
    April 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

    What a stupid thing to say that he is “not Autistic enough..Anyone who truly works with different types of autism would know that no two are alike.. you can have ten people with Aspergers in the room and they will all be different from each other..My son doesnt always appear to be autistic either most think its Adhd however he does have Aspergers and was diagnosed by one of the top of the line hospitals in Bc..People should be proud that this young guy isnt ashamed to admit he has Aspergers ect..

    • aly
      May 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you for saying this! I totally agree with you. I work at a school with some Autistic children, and like you stated no two are alike at any age. My son is 20 and also has Aspergers he is very musically talented,and he has a 4.0 GPA in college but struggles socially. There is another 20 year old man I know with the same diagnosis however, he is not at all like my son, socially, musically or academically.

      I give James so much credit,and I am very happy for him and his accomplishments thus far.

  26. sheila
    April 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

    my grandson has been with me since he was one month old he is now 22 he has aspergers and social phobia every day is a new challenge and i am very proud of him James is such a inspiration and i hope he follows his dreams we are behind you 100%

  27. Dee Walters
    April 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I vote for James every week.

  28. Robin
    April 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I’m rooting for James 100% and I consider him the best singer on the show.He is truly an inspiration to us all.I have a 21 year old Autistic son who also has a seizure disorder.Words can’t express how proud I am of him every day.We love you James,keep up the good work!!!

  29. Rosalie Manfre
    April 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I AGREE WITH ROSALIE– HI ROSALIE -IM ROSALIE ALSO– I DONT HEAR MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE OUR NAME… I think anyone who has the nerve to say that James does not have Aspergers and tourettes-need there heads examined-who are they to give him a dx-when he has doctors that did dx him and are helping him?-besides that I am sure American Idol researched James background before allowing him to say he has Aspergers and Tourettes syndrome- they wouldn’t have allow him to speak about it if he didn’t have it.There are so may sides to autism-aspergers-etc some are worse than others same with any other conditions-that is health 101…How dare anyone pass judgement on someone like him or anyone for that matter- I am sure if he had a choice he would choose not to have Aspergers and Tourettes , what James is doing for all the children in this wold who have this condition will inspire them to do what they thought they could never have done before seeing and hearing about James- This is a gift that you can not buy,- so please whoever is stating that he does not have this syndrome PLEASE stop passing judgements and stop thinking you’re a doctor and say such a terrible thing like he doesn’t have aspergers and tourettes..
    I wish him all the best and I am proud to have met him on American idol.He deserves to win because of his talent and voice, he is amazing in so many ways-if only those who don’t agree will learn from him and would never pass judgements like they have on this post-Think before you talk that is what my Mother taught me to do.

    • Mary Roppolo
      April 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      I DO NOT AGREE WITH THE LADY WHO SAID HE NEEDED TO BE RE_DIAGNOSED AT ALL!! but I wouldnt be so sure about American Idol not letting him say he has something he doesnt have. I would put more faith in the fact that Austim Speaks wouldnt ba backing him if they wernt sure! Reality shows will let anything that gives them these kinds of ratings slide.

      • Clinican R
        April 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

        I propose you consider this Mary: Shame on Autism Speaks! It’s April: Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks’ goal is to increase awareness of what Autism is, who is affected, and how they are affected. American Idol is bringing MUCH needed attention to Autism. Do they (Autism Speaks)really care if he has Asperger’s or not? Afterall, their job is not to decide on, or concur about any individual’s diagnosis. So I don’t see an Autism Speaks official posting an official Autism Speaks position about Mr. Durbin’s diagnosis. But their job is certainly to ACCURATELY share stories about Autism, and I, along with many others question the validity of Mr. Durbin’s diagnosis.

  30. Rosalie Manfre
    April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    very true- but with the hippa law you are not permitted to mention someones health without permission or say it live on tv if it wasn’t true. I am so happy that Austim speaks is backing James-
    I know a few children who are autistic ,who has asbergers and tourettes-it is so sad and very sad for the parents. I pray that the support continues and more people become educated with this syndrome even though it’s not their child who has it and help those who do.
    It amazes me how someone has it in their heart to say that James does not have Asbergers and tourettes when they are not Doctors or have a child that has this syndrome.
    Go James-xoxoxoxoxo

  31. Marie
    April 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    James is wonderful. He is proving anyone can make their dream a reality when they are determined.

  32. jo-Anne
    April 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I have loved seeing James perform each week. I have voted for him and will continue to because he is so talented as a singer and performer.

  33. April 8, 2011 at 5:19 am

    James Durbin deserves to WIN the 2011 American Idol Competition. We can’t let James down, keep voting for James Durbin, he is a true talent!!!!

  34. April 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Amazing story.

  35. Debbie
    April 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    James Durbin is so much more of a class act than any of you can imagine. Not only is he talented, but he loves his fans. My 10 year old son has Aspergers and is obsessed with rock/metal singing, and playing the drums and he just ADORES James. He wrote James and letter and sent it to him at the AI studios and James sent him back the most amazing autographed photo and autographed bandana (that we had sent him, to see if he would autograph it!) He obviously READ the letter because he wrote Noah!! Dude! I dig your hairdo! (Noah had sent him a pic, he had his haircut like James..lol) I’m glad to know that metal still lives on to a new generation! Keep up the good drum work! Good drummers are a diamond in the rough! Thank you for the support! YOU ROCK! James Durbin. He also sent ME back a picture autographed and it said “You’ve got a HE** of a kid and I’ve got a HE** of a fan! Thank you for your support, You Rock! James Durbin.” Do you have any idea what this meant to Noah? It meant EVERYTHING. The least we can do is take some time (ok the full two hours for us!) and help to see this beautiful soul make it to the top of AI!

  36. Debbie
    April 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    also if you read some of the news articles written about James, it is obvious with the way he acted out during drama/chorus etc growing up, that he definitely HAS Aspergers. So many things you see/hear him do/say on the show makes that obvious too, especially to a parent who has a child that has been diagnosed and does many of the same things. :)

  37. stacy
    April 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    As an adult with asperger’s, I truly admire James. He can sing anything at all. Such talent is a gift to be celebrated and shared. Asperger’s is only one part of James, and I suspect that like myself, much of his symptoms are internal and sensory rather something everyone can see. Regardless of whether he “wins” or not – he is already a winner for the courage to be who he is and to pursue his dreams! Way to go James!

  38. Audrey Castillo
    April 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    He is an inspiration to the autism community and I have been cheering him on from the first time I saw him and heard his story. He really has true talent and is fearless. He connects with the audience and his music. He shows my PDD son that its OK to be who you are, be true to yourself and follow your dreams no matter what I am voting for him because he can definitely win based on his talent alone, and he is my son’s hero.

  39. April 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    If you think James rocked on Idol with while my guitar Gently Weeps… You shoudl see the Your tube Video of him doing that Same song, back in 09. You will be blown away at the extreem emotion and passion he pours into every word! James is a real gift and the Talent he has goes far beyond. I vote fo rJames every week :) Not because of what he has but because of Who he is. :)

  40. Holly St. Pierre
    April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    James is amazing….to see someone over come challenges in life make me feel like my son can too…love the feel good rock that he puts into every song! James go for your dreams and reach the top :)

  41. Darla Kranau
    April 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I am in awe of this young man. He is truly talented. I was unaware he was an Aspie or even had Tourette’s. It’s amazing how these children are so highly functioning. I have an Autie and an Aspie and one with Tourette’s that I am raising. They are my grandsons. I cannot wait to have my 14 year old Aspie watch American Idol now and include James in the list of famous people who are Aspies along with James Taylor who is also a favorite singer of my grandson. Life is so amazing. I will be sure to vote for James. How incredible.

  42. Lisa Brown
    April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    My son Hunter was diagnosed w/ Autism at 3, he had no language and after years of intensive therapy & work, he is doing really well. Hunter is now 10 and has performed for 2 years in vocal competitions, (see his youtube channel: luxeshop) and is now singing to spread Autism Awareness with his voice! I hope you will watch his amazing video for World Autism Day on April 2nd. below. It is difficult for people to tell when he is up on stage performing that he has Autism. He still has issues that we deal with on a daily basis but we have chosen not to “label” Hunter or discuss it on his youtube channel as we did not want people to judge him. To us, he is just an amazing little boy, who loves singing and hopes to one day be on American Idol too. James is amazing no matter what his diagnosis is, his voice is simply amazing! To all the families struggling with an Autism diagnosis, never give it hope!! Lisa (Hunter’s very proud mom)

    • Lisa Brown
      April 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      sorry, typo – last sentence should read, “Never give up hope”!!! xo

  43. Carrie
    April 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I absolutely love James! He gives me hope that my two boys both diagnosed with Aspergers can overcome their challenges and make something big of themselves, which I know that they are capable of.

    God Bless James!

  44. Carrie
    April 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    James, you are an inspiration to my family. We have a 15 year-old daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome. She loves rock and roll and alternative rock and she thought you were amazing this week. You’ve shown her that there are no limits. We are so excited for you and are proud of all your efforts. You are a winner no matter what!

  45. Michelle
    April 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I love James! He is amazing! I have a 14 year old with Tourette’s Syndrome/Adhd/ocd, and a 7 year old with autism. He is an inspiration to my 14 year old.
    I will keep voting for him!

  46. Denise
    April 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    We just love him, love him and love him. He is our Hero and our voice !

  47. April 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    i believe james is wonderful, i love seeing him come out of his shell when he sings adn performs. people with tourettes and autism seem to light up the world when they do what they love. James is no diffrent. I have been voting for him, i dont have a cell so i cannot text this to show my support. I just hope my son who has autism and tourettes and is almost six years old will be able to be as strong, and beautiful as james is. bravo to his family too, they in my opinion did everything right with him.

  48. Heather Ludeker
    April 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    After reading some of the comments about how James isn’t “autistic” enough, I went and checked out his FB page and his American Idol page. And if you are saying he needs to be rediagnosed…then you need to go read what he has written. As far as I can see, he has a whopping TWO interests…singing and wrestling. He has stated that the stage is his “safe zone, his comfort zone”. How many people not on the spectrum use those phrases? Learn more about someone than just seeing them on TV before passing judgement please.

  49. Carol
    April 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    You go guy. What a great representative and what a champion. We’re hoping for your success; you’ll go places whether you win or not!

  50. Barbara Larsen
    April 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    James made me cry last Wednesday! I’m so glad he’s still on. I vote for him 100 times every week!

  51. Catherine Gaetani
    April 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Go James you are truly an American Idol an inspiration to us all.

  52. mardy
    April 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    James you are awesome by showing people that we are all just people.and everyone is different.. keep awareness out there.everyone deserve a chance..

  53. mardy
    April 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    keep on singing you are awesome and an inspiration !!!! yes vote we do

  54. Tammy Brown
    April 8, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    James I vote every week for you you so deserve to win and believe me you have competition. I have 2 Grand Children who have Autism Jacob who is 6 and Haylie who is 5. They talk some and they are starting to talk more the other day Jacob called me Grandma I melted. But they have always had music is in their heart for yrs last yr at Jacobs preschool Graduation he sand Love Me Tender by elvis it was unreal. James you are such an inspiration good Luck to you Hunter and Hedi. You are our voice Thank you so much James we Love you

  55. April 9, 2011 at 1:14 am

    James is the sum of all his parts—phenomenal voice and stage presence included. I’ve been blogging about him since the start of this season’s Idol. Rock it, James!

  56. carla Marrs
    April 9, 2011 at 8:28 am

    U bet i am voting for him he is gr8 my son is on the spectrum function he so wants to meets James someday. lol u got my vote

  57. arnelda mays
    April 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    love him dearly

  58. April 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

    TO ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING YOUNG PERSON WITH PERSONALITY PLUS. HE HAS THE FAITH AND LOVE TO DO WHAT COMES NATURAL TO HIM . SING. HE HAS BROUGHT AMERICAN IDOL TO A NEW LEVEL . WHATEVER OUTCOME, HE WILL BE MY AMERICAN IDOL . GOD BLESS YOU JAMES KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK .

  59. Angela
    April 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Jennifer S :Your book is a book – nothing more. It is written by someone who does not know my child. If you believe a book over a parent, you should carefully reconsider the direction you are heading. No offense, but teaching, working, nore being related to a child on the spectrum is not the same as being a parent.

    Jennifer, it is written by a PEDIATRICIAN, I think that makes him a reliable resource. His facts are backed by other DOCTORS, again reliable resources, also backed by medical journals and conferences, again reliable sources.
    Had you taken the time to look up the book you would know that.

    Pyschology is not an exact science. There are so many psychologists that disagree with treatment methods and with diagnosis. the thing is with psychology, none of them are wrong because nothing is 100%.

    Kanner came up with the disorder of Autism back in 1946, then the rate was 1 in 10,00 but today it is 1 in 110 but more realistically about 1 in 88! It is a big jump. Also the definition of Autism that Kanner came up with keeps being ammended to fit people that do not fit any other category out there so they now call it ASD.

    I am not saying your child or that woman’s child is not autistic, I am not a medical professional and I don’t know your child. I suggested the book to her because of the things she mentioned about her child saying PSD and OCD, these things stood out because he speaks of these in his book.

    The reason why not everyone is running is because not everyone knows about this. Autism has always been though of as a developmental disorder handled by psychologists and psychiatrist, not medical doctors. All the funding for research goes to psychology!
    The man is a pediatrician who has helped many children who were labeled as ASD children. It was because his wife who got sick one day showed many similarities to those children who have autism. Through lots of doctors and treatments she was cured and from that day forward he wanted to help children that were being labeled incorrectly. he doesn’t disagree with the fact that Autism truly exists, he simply believes that too many are being mislabled/misdiagnosed.

    So again, it was not to discredit psychology, or the everyday struggles parents and children who has ASD go through. It was simply informing you of something that might be beneficial to you. And if it doesn’t fit your child then fine, but it is educational material that is fact based so there is no harm in me suggesting it.

    If it were say written by nelson demille or some other novelist I would have NEVER posted it here.

  60. bev
    April 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Don’t let him down is right ! people see what happen to pia. please vote for him , many sites say a country finale. scotty and lauren. No way, our rocker is going to be in there . Vote wednesdy night the whole 2 hours, all the way to the finale.

  61. Carrie
    April 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Jennifer S :Your book is a book – nothing more. It is written by someone who does not know my child. If you believe a book over a parent, you should carefully reconsider the direction you are heading. No offense, but teaching, working, nore being related to a child on the spectrum is not the same as being a parent.
    If you plan to work with children with a disability and have the notion that they can be cured by reading this book,I think you might want to redirect your career.Although, you won’t learn what it is like to be a parent of an autistic child, you might have a better understanding if you live with a family with an autistic child for a week, a month would be even better…. then you can at least have a true assessment to back up this guy’s theory.Not only that – but if autism was curable, don’t you think everyone dealing with this very real disability would run for the cure???? Do you think we want to have this lifestyle for our child? Do you doubt that we are trying to provide our children a better life? Go live with a family, then you will at least have a the ability to help these kids post-graduation instead of trying to prevent them the help they desperately need.

    Jennifer, I couldn’t agree with you more!!!!!

  62. Bev
    April 10, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Yes, I’m voting. Last week ,I had 2 phones and the computer. I love James Durbin. First , In my opinion he is the best singer and thats why I’m voting. Yes, he does have a story just like all the rest of them do. Him having disabilities just makes him extra special in my eyes. I see nothing wrong with this support and voting club , I think it is awesome. People you have to vote the whole 2 hours , because thats what everyone else is doing. It’s been said, a country finale, Lauren and Scotty. NO WAY !!! I want my rocker in there so lets pull together and make this happen for JAMES, HE IS DESERVING OF THIS TITLE , JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE !!!! Get family, friends, relatives what ever it takes. I can’t wait for Ryan to call his name, your AMERICAN IDOL for 2011 is JAMES DURBIN !!!!!! Hope this gets you fired up and ready to vote. A fan for life.

  63. Michelle Ouwenga
    April 10, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Tracy I am very offended that you would even think to tell James he doesn’t have Asperger’s Syndrome. My son who is 22yrs old is mildly autistic and to meet him you would think he doesn’t have it but he does. We live and see it everday. The routine he has to have, the anxiety, every little thing that comes along with being autistic etc, etc. for James to come out and do what he’s doing has given my son and I’m sure other Asperger’s & Autistic children and adults hope and to know that their dreams can come true. Thank you James for your wonderful courage and beautiful voice. I Love it, and my son and I watch & vote for you every week. Keep it up. Thank God to his family who is there to support him in every way and keep him going.

  64. Roxana
    April 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Love James!
    I am a mother of an Autistic child and James is an inspiration to me and my family.

    Keep it up James…you are GREAT and we know you will win.

  65. carol
    April 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    James is wonderful! I have a couple of friends with children who have autism. He is truly an inspiration to all parents and adults with this misunderstood disorder.
    I vote for him every week but a reminder would be great! Go get em James!! You rock!

  66. Rosalie Manfre
    April 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

    CANT you all see the twitching he does behind the scenes and when on camera the day of AMERICAN IDOL, than you wont be saying he doesn’t have it–MY LORD-STOP ALREADY… I can not wait to buy his cd’s and play them from morning till night-he is truly gifted, end of story-and to be so talented and compose himself like the way he has is so expressive and is giving all of you with children who have what he has HOPE….,we all should be supporting him -and for those who don’t, get off this site.or stop saying HE DOESNT HAVE TOURETTES AND ASPERGERS. What does james have to show you non believers? a FULL BLOWN BREAKDOWN.?.. thank the lord he has the support he does behind the scenes, because if he ever had one he would never come back on American Idol from being embarrassed and ashamed he has ASPERGERS AND TOURETTES AND WHAT A SIN THAT WOULD BE….
    I would reexamine what you non believers wrote and write something that shows you are not ignorant. I know too many friends who have AUTISTIC CHILDREN AND ALSO WHO HAVE ASPERGERS,TOURETES,ADD,ADHD AND ETC…THAT SEEING JAMES IS GIVING ME HOPE FOR MY FRIENDS CHILDREN BUT HEARING WHAT SOME OF YOU ARE SAYING IS MAKING ME SICK THAT THEY HAVE TO FACE PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN THIS WORLD THAT DO NOT HAVE LOVE AND COMPASSION FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SICK ENOUGH FOR YOU.

  67. Joe Schhneider
    April 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Hey fellow James D. fans! I ran across this new blog this morning where we can find comfort in another major blogger who thinks James is top dog. You don’t need to join to vote for James if you think he’ll win ;) !

    Also, you can read what this blogger thinks Simon C. would have said about James were he still a judge for the show, and guess what, it’s right on! So, go read it and vote! Right now, I’m out there on my own, kind of swinging in the wind so to speak!

    here’s the URL: http://idolneedssimon.blogspot.com/2011/04/8-perform-james.html

    here’s the link if this thing supports it What would Simon Say of James D.?

  68. gg
    April 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I think it’s great that you support someone who has had a rougher time than most. But even if the playing field were level, James is an outstanding talent. I predict he will win. But there are some others who are very talented as well, and I wouldn’t stop voting for them because they LACK some kind of problem.

    However, I do think James has a huge lead.

    You moms are to be congratulated for being such wonderful mothers. Please don’t tear each other down just because you have different opinions on James’ diagnosis. It doesn’t really matter. He is doing what he loves.

  69. April 15, 2011 at 8:57 am

    My grandson was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. He had 5 of the 6 markers for the diagnosis. He flapped and would completely melt down in grocery/department stores, he rocked, he was repetitive physically and verbally etc. After diagnosis he was put in a program for austic children within our public school district. They work diligently with him daily, he attends school from 8am to 3pm Mon-Fri. Many of his behaviors have subsided due these patient and compasionate educators who are specially trained for this disorder. He now has been in his program for 6 months, his speech had improved greatly, he is working mostly at a kindergarten level, he know the months of the year,the days of the week,all his shapes,colors,abc, he writes them upper case and lower case,he can write my name when asked as well as his siblings, he would never let us kiss him, only the top of his head, 2 days ago he kissed me on the lips for the first time in 3 years. He hums alot, it soothes him and I believe it blocks out all the noises his brain doesn’t filter. His daddy loves AC/DC and on a weekend at my house after he was put to bed, I heard him humming, which is a regular routine at bedtime, seconds later, as loud as he possible could, he was singing Highway to Hell standing on the back of my couch with my turkey baster for his microphone! So now when I hear James singing, I tear up everytime and think someday this could be my Max!!! I think every parent,grandparent and family members should watch the award winning Movie “Temple Grandin” then read all her books and go to her website and see all of her accomplishments, it is mind blowing. Early intervention is key no matter where children are on the spectrum. Tracy’s comment, that she doesn’t believe he has Aspergers, I dont believe she has a son or nephew with either disorder or she would not have made such a ignorant statement, furthermore if she works in the field, please let us know where that is so that we can make sure that none of “our” ASD children come in contact with you. We have read hundreds of dollars worth of books and every one of them have different theories and treatments, so my daughter chose to educate herself with the ones that most fit where her child was physically, mentally and emotionally, it affects every person in our family,so we continue to seek knowledge and are 100 percent involved in every aspect of Austim Speaks. When Max was first diagnosis my daughter feared the label also but now realizes that she can be a be a part of changing that stigma by getting involved as an advocate for her son’s disorder and helping to educate those with misconceptions of ASD. With early and proper intervention our ASD children have no limits or boundries of what they too can achieve in adulthood! This disorder is not cureable,it is a life long disability, it just doesn’t go away, it becames manageable with treatments that work for that child.
    Temple Grandin was disagnosis with infantile schizofrenia over 50 some years ago, so we have come along way and her story is told thru her eyes, its a must see and read as well as many other adults who have written about their lives with
    ASD. Sorry for rambling on and on but I got worked up over some of the comments made, especially Tracy’s, every one has an oppion but without saying, everyone also has an ——-!

    • Carrie
      April 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Vicki, thank you so much for sharing your precious story about your grandson. I laughed out loud! Every week we see a little bit more of James’ personality and while he doesn’t show the more obvious tell-tale signs of Asperger’s, anyone with experience can still see the footprint is still there. He still has that child-like innocense about him that is apparent in most persons with Autism.

      There is a segment of the Autism community that are label-fighters, but in my opinion, this detracts from the focus and attention we need from society and from fighting the stigma our children face. In fact, I would argue that it ADDS to the stigma. Those who are less-educated in Autism look at the infighting and think, “Well, is this a real disorder or not?” Some people are so worried about the stigma of a label that they fear the label as much as the disorder. I believe Autism is being more broadly applied because it is far more common to have Autistic characteristics than we all realize. My 15 year-old daughter has mild Asperger’s and my 13 year-old son has ADD with mild Asperger characteristics. While he doesn’t have enough of the characteristics to be labeled Autistic, we still have to acknowledge and treat them…label or no label. No label just means the expense of therapy has to come out of the parent’s pocket and they get no help from health insurance. I would encourage others to not focus on the fear. Instead, be a part of the movement to end the ignorance. Help educate others, like James is doing, and show Autism is not a dead end and how these precious people can and do contribute to society in a very postive way.

      Go James! Let your light shine!

  70. Theresa Sierra
    April 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    He rocks I vote for him every week…

  71. April 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    We Love you !! A fellow “Aspie”,my 2 children have Aspergers and admire you so much. Your singing and smile are Fantastic !! Hope you win,Peace and Goodluck !

  72. Crystal Sheppard
    April 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Our family has been touched by ASD, so we are of course inspired by James’ remarkable accomplishments on Idol. But forget about his DX…the kid is amazing and rocks! No autism asterisk needed!!!! Go James!!

  73. Jill
    April 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I am so glad James made it on American Idol and my 13 year old daughter (with Asperger’s Syndrome) and I are in full support. We are so proud of him. James has shown everyone that you can overcome fears and do what you love. Be who you are and be proud of it. Be successful.

    You are amazing, James and such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  74. April 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I was never much of a fan of American Idol in past seasons.More or less because the judges turned me off to the show.This season I have greatly enjoyed watching the show and have really felt the judges were realistic and not just putting on a show for ratings.I have voted for James every time I voted.I do believe he is an artist with great talents.And he has my support even more so just realizing the challenges he has had to overcome on the show.I have watched him cry every time he faced the judges and struggle to make eye contact.I witnessed the twitches with his eyes.

    Please do not turn this into a debate about whether or not he is or isn’t on the Spectrum.It is quite obvious observing him that he would fall into these categories.Not one of you are his physician,nor are you his therapists.Why do individuals feel the need to turn such a great intention(such as the James Durbin Voting Club) into a debate and make such assumptions.Is it really that hard to show someone support and just take it as it is? Negativity never got anyone anywhere.This is just disturbing.

    With that being said,this is very exciting to see that he is overcoming his challenges and he is making success.It is very inspirational to me and motivating as a mother to an autistic son.Go James!

  75. April 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I LOVE James! I am donating my proceeds for the month of April to Autism Speaks on my James (and autism) merchandise. http://www.maGraphx.com (In the American Idol folder) Pass the word…Let’s get America voting for James!

  76. Christy
    April 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I think it’s amazing that we fight so hard to have these spectrum disorders recognized, and for the general public to realize that everyone with these various disorders are different,and now that there is someone out there, showing the world what kids with Asperger’s can do, that they are wonderful, capable indidviduals, we are going to fight among ourselves about it. SHAME on you. Ridiculous. My son is Asperger’s, but most people wouldn’t know there is anything different about him until they were around him for quite awhile. He also is very talented musically, playing several instruments and singing. He has won some local talent shows, and NONE of the judges realized until afterward that he has a developmental disability. You have NO IDEA what goes on at home, in a learning environment, etc, so you have absolutely no right to judge whether or not he has it. Don’t you have better things to do than bash this young man who is doing an excellent job of shining a spotlight on Autism?

  77. Rachael
    April 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I think you guys are labeling him because he has Aspergers. James is a talented person but I do not think you should have put him on the spot like you did hear. just sayin.

  78. Rachael
    April 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I think you guys are labeling him because he has Aspergers. James is a talented person but I do not think you should have put him on the spot like you did here. just sayin.

  79. April 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Way to go James you’ve got my vote!!!!! My grandson has Autism (non-verbal) you sing for all those who don’t have a voice okay?

  80. April 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I have a granddaughter his age with terretts. She is also such an inspiration and so smart and talented.

  81. Carla
    April 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    We all love James and we root and vote for him every week! Keep rockin’ James!

  82. Angela
    April 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I have a 5 year old son who was diagnosed with ASD when he was 15 months old. Everyday with him is awesome and such a blessing. He is the cutest, most happiest little boy. I have watched American Idol faithfully for the past 8 years. This year when they introduced James, my heart melted for him instantly, he is such an inspiration and gives us all so much hope, just like my little one does. GO James!!!!!

  83. kiane henderson
    April 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    i think james is an awesome person!!!! i think he should be the winner on american idol!!!!! he should be so proud of himself . this gives all parents like myself hope for our children fighting with autism . im so proud of my 13 year old son zackary. i would not give up on him for the world. i think he his an angel, as all of us parent think that of our kids. all in all we want the best for our children , so im saying you go james fight as hard as you can to get what you want. we all are praying you are number 1 !!! sing your heart out your the best!!!!!!!!!!

  84. Barb
    April 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I have been voting for James since the start of American Idol this season, not only because he has Asperger’s, but he is so awesome and I love him! My 5 year old has PDD-NOS so of course I am so inspired by James. When you have an autistic child, it warms your heart to see someone with a similar disability overcoming his obstacles and succeeding like James has. It gives me so much hope for my baby! ROCK ON JAMES!!!! We love you!!!

  85. Melanie Kaczynski
    April 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

    We need not forgot he also has Tourettes. My son grew up with Tourettes Syndrome and that can be very dibilatating. I love that he can get into his own little place when he sings that makes those tics dissapear.

  86. lynn griffiths
    April 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

    james durbin is my idol…he has given me so much strength…my son is autistic as well and music is the most exciting thing to him…i look at james each week and all my worries are put to ease…i say if james can succeeed then y not hunter( that’s my son’s name)!!!! james gives all us mothers hope…keep up the good work. u are going to go all the way

  87. April 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I think James is very talented and I am amazed to find out he has all this and has crossed the hurdle but at the same time dont just vote for him because of his illnesses , vote for him for his talent All these kids are very talented and i would hate to think that james won it because of his illness.Let him know (if he wins) that he won only based on his talent. I my self am not into heavy metal and i feel like it is the devils mucic, i hope he doesnt go there and i hope he is a Christian

  88. Linda
    April 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    James is fantastic. James is talented and I support him all the way. I have a soon to be 6 yr old grandson who is Austic. That does not change a thing in my mind, he is still a child but had a few more steps to move forward than most of us. James has proven that you can succeed regardless of what obstacles are placed in our way. God Bless You, James and Good Luck.

  89. Carla
    April 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

    This is disgusting. American Idol should be based on talent and not affliction. This is why I can’t stand this show. You are voting for someone because of their story and not their talent. All these kids work hard. It’s no longer become a talent contest.

    • C Smith
      April 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      In case you didn’t read my comment I said if James didn’t have a powerhouse voice that didn’t move me he wouldn’t deserve my vote. James is a talented singer who happens to have an “affliction”. He should not win OR lose solely because of his diagnosis. Every singer on the show has a story, Chris Medina had a story that moved people to tears but he didn’t make the cut because he couldn’t deliver the goods so please don’t be so ignorant to say James doesn’t deserve someone’s vote just because his story touches so many people. James made the cut and continues on in the competition because of his talent not because of his disability…ENOUGH SAID!

    • Courtney
      May 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      And talent is what he has, no doubt about it:)

  90. Audrey Castillo
    April 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    C Smith :
    In case you didn’t read my comment I said if James didn’t have a powerhouse voice that didn’t move me he wouldn’t deserve my vote. James is a talented singer who happens to have an “affliction”. He should not win OR lose solely because of his diagnosis. Every singer on the show has a story, Chris Medina had a story that moved people to tears but he didn’t make the cut because he couldn’t deliver the goods so please don’t be so ignorant to say James doesn’t deserve someone’s vote just because his story touches so many people. James made the cut and continues on in the competition because of his talent not because of his disability…ENOUGH SAID!

    BRAVO!! I think that about sums up what many of us have been feeling as we read through this. I was very sad when Chris didn’t make it through, but then I realized that the judges are for real when they make their selections, not sympathetic. I have seen this happen on past seasons. There was a man on last year if you remember, that had an autistic son and didn’t even make through Hollywood week. and what about that girl with the handicapped daughter who, on her 3rd try, still didn’t make the top 24? This is still a talent contest and James is my favorite, has been from the start. He is fearless every week. He is doing what he loves and doing it well. Let’s put the debates and the other b.s. to bed and do what this forum was created for in the first place, VOTE for JAMES!!

  91. Angela
    April 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    well carla excuse us for seeing the beauty of James. Sometimes there story is what gives them the soul and the talent. Its where we have been and what we have been through that makes us the people we are. If it was’nt for triumph and overcoming obstacles in our lives then where would the music come from. It has to come from a deep place inside, do you not know anything about music?

  92. lois davis
    April 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I dont no how anyone could question another persons disability without knowing them alot more than just what we have seen of durbin!Its ridiculous!!My son also has aspergers and he is high functioning and he has tons of amazing talent and makes good eye contact as well,there are tons of ways my son fits the aspergers diagnosis,i just dont no how anyone could question someones disability he is a major inspiration to the autistic community and a very very amazing singer he doesnt deserve to be treated in tjhis way,it really offends me anyone would act as if he is not on the spectrum,how wrong!!

  93. grace
    April 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    James is SO TALENTED for being labeled with a Disability is AMAZING how GOD MOVES
    IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS even among the disabled :0)
    GOD BLESS YOU & KEEP YOU STRONG JAMES!!
    As an ESE aide (Special education aide) it is an honor to see James working the public thru Idol!
    GO GET ‘EM JAMES!
    grace Teniente wyman

  94. April 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I am a mother of a 6yr old who is on the spectrum. For about 2 yrs I was taking her to dr’s to find out what they could do to help her. Then I found a great Neurologist who nailed it on the head. She is a high performing child when on Meds to control her symptoms but off meds she is a totally different child. How can one pass judgement on another unless they know the history, you can’t look at someone and tell. A mother of an autistic child should know that there are varying degrees. With that said…..Go James, you give a lot of inspiration to us all.

  95. Pedro
    April 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    James Dubin is a great performer. Great singer. He is going to make it really big. I wanted to boycott American Idol after Pia was voted off however because of James Durbin and Jacob Lusk I could’nt. And I have been very impressed by both of them Still miss Pia. That was a mistake. But congratulations James you are kicking some but. and bringing hard rock to the forefront. why are they trashing hard rock so much? “hot just a hard rock kind of guy” what does that mean?

  96. Lynda M O
    April 21, 2011 at 2:30 am

    I am in the texting loop; thank you for making the process of voting for him so easy. He’s a hero of mine.

  97. April 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I’d like to see James Durbin WIN IT ALL on American Idol!!!

  98. Rosalie Manfre
    April 22, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Doug-as do I -xoxoxo He is amazing and so talented.I wasn’t that into Rock until I met James-
    Happy Holiday to all of you…

  99. dee
    April 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I think James is wonderful and how he is overcoming his disabilities is fabulous. My youngest has HF Autism and it’s super to see someone do so much and know that even our kids can do great things

  100. dee
    April 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    sorry.. and as for him winning because he has a great story.. if that was the case they would have put Chris Medina through.. he would have won the whole thing whether he could sing every week or not..just because of his story.. which is.. personally.. why I think they DIDN’T put him through.. his story would have gotten in the way.. they knew James had real talent and they felt that America would see that.. and they do..

    so if he wins.. it isn’t because of his condition.. it will definitely be because of his talent.

  101. margeaux
    April 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Please don’t vote for someone because they have a challenge that you sympathize with. This is a singing competition. And while James is a really good entertainer, his screams make us cover our ears. Adam Lambert he’s not. And I’m afraid if he does win, people may think it is partly due to sites like this — that encourage people to vote for him because of his challenges.

    • April 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      What?? Screams make us Cover our Ears?? And thank God He’s not Adam Lambert! He’s a Straight Laced American Young Man.. Who happens to have a Vocal Range that is out of sight. IF People vote for him because he has Autism, thats their right. I Vote for James because he has Real Talent. Now, can we all stop arguing the point of his Illness, because I think that point has been driven into the ground already. No offense to anyone intended. My Best Friend has HFA.

  102. April 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    James Durbin is such an amazing young man, so talented, so confident of his music. He shows the world that labels are a bunch of crap. He breaks all the barriers & I love the guy!!

  103. April 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    James is an amazing talent. He shows all of the world that asd is not a limitation and, if understood by the individual, is an asset. I think that he visualizes every movement, every note, and his talent is so amazing that he can actualize it! His creativity abounds and he makes me smile. I’d go see him in concern in a minute!

  104. Audrey Castillo
    April 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    We are voting for James because he is a talented, fearless entertainer who just happens to have autism and Tourettes. He goes out there, and, just like Jennifer said-is consistently good every week. And thank goodness he’s not Adam Lambert. He’s James Durbin and I think his screams are awesome (funny you should mention Adam because his screams never did anything for me)! No one is asking YOU to vote for him, but don’t try to drive us away or make us feel guilty for not voting for someone else. James gets our vote because he deserves to win. You’re probably not even a fan of his so why are you even on here anyway?

  105. DoNOTvote4james
    April 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I just watched James “singing” a slow melody…my foot, even when it is a slow song, he screams like a bison in heat, disgusting…I can’t stand this guy

    • April 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      This Blog was not intended to Bash James Durbin. If you don’t like the way he sings, turn of Your tv and please stop coming here with Your negative comments!
      By the way I do believe James is Safe tonight ;) Hmmmmm I guess everyone doesn’t think he screams like a bison in heat ;)

    • Courtney
      May 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      I watch this man bring it every week, and as a mother of two autistic children it makes me happy.

  106. lindsayskirvin
    May 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I think James is awesome!!!!!

  107. fran maisano orren
    May 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    james you are amazing………….keep strong keep singing keep smiling……….ou have our votes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!watch out for haley!

  108. KYD
    May 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I have never been an AI follower until this year… James is doing such a great job, it touches my heart every time I hear him sing. That’s what being an artist is all about.

  109. Courtney
    May 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    James has such an amazing voice, and I’m pulling for him every week. My 5 year old was diagnosed with autism over a year ago, and with my 15 year old, I was told 10 years ago that he had mild to moderate mental retardation, they are now doing the testing for Asperger’s.

  110. anna scott
    May 7, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Here at my house I vote James,very week.I love to hear him sings!!!!!!My daughter Nitasha has autism,he gives me hope in the future my daughter will alright.I will keep voting for JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  111. robin miller
    May 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    James Durbin is the next American Idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  112. Michelle Snyder
    May 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    My TV is smudged up with all the kisses I planted on James’ cheek. He my American Idol! Go for James you were fabulous tonight as usual!

  113. May 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I vote for James every week. He is such a great inspiration to the entire world. I truely believe he’ll be our next American Idol. Pam Burks Phillipsburg, Kansas

  114. Marilyn Bruderer
    May 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    James we are devastated that you were not one of the 3 to go forward on American idol ….basically you were robbed ………but you will do far better and go further than any of the others because you are very special .You do not need a title to prove you are a good performer because you are !!!!
    We will buy your CD`s and follow your new career and most importantly ………..never stop believing ……………you simply are and were the best !!!!

  115. Lynne
    May 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Keep singing James!!! You are the Real American Idol!!!

  116. Lori
    May 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I am so upset that he was voted off idol that I am giving up idol until they change their voting system! I’m not continuing to watch it this season and I won’t watch it next season unless I hear they made an overhaul of their voting system

  117. May 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I was shocked that James was voted off the show tonight. He is incredibly talented. His future is so bright he will need sunglasses! Having watched the show for many seasons, he fits right in the the winners of the past seasons.

  118. May 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

    lnk.ms/NtKPP
    Don’t stop believing, James Durbin! Keep your head held up PROUD,James, and keep smiling! You are a class act of your own! You are WAY beyond Idol!You are incredibly talented! You have a big career ahead of you! I can’t wait to hear more of your music! You are an inspiration! You are my American Idol, James!!!

  119. May 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    omg i hope james durbin gets a record deal cz he was amazing i loved him

  120. Audrey Castillo
    May 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    James, you don’t need an American Idol title to prove what a true talent you are. You have done that already. You will have a future as a recording artist and trust me, I will be standing in line to buy your first CD. You always spoke proudly about your family and I know your family is truly proud of you. I could see it in Heidi’s face last night. We love you James! ROCK ON!!!!!!

  121. Gloria Anaya
    May 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    So saddned when I heard James was voted off last night from American Idol. I litterally had tears coming out…Not to worry James, we all still think you`re the best. You`re a great model and an inspiration to all of us with a family member on the Spectrum. Best wishes for you and your family…..Remember you have many fans :)

  122. SonsOfBeaches
    May 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    James Durbin was robbed !!! Plenty of voting problems and something smells stinky at Idol. Go read so at American Idols site.
    They really need to bring him back to make things right.

  123. May 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Yeah for Durbin Day!!! You did ROCK that stage like a ROCKSTAR!!! No one else did that! You brought a lot of creativity, talent, and awesome entertainment with every one of your performances.Not only can you sing amazingly, but you can rock out with the guitar!! You were consistently awesome with every one of your performances!! You got more praise from all of the judges than anyone else!! From all the blogs I read everyone thought you’d be the winner of American Idol! Even my Mom who is 81 years old loved you, and all your performances, even the metal songs she loved!! My daughter who has high functioning autism loved you, and wanted you to win!! !!! You are an inspiration to me, to my daughter who has autism who also loves singing, and to many people! We were all pulling for you, James!! Something just seems so wrong with last weeks results! I have to wonder if a particular contestant had mass-text voting going on for 2 solid hours. I wish American Idol would recount the votes, and check into the integrity of the votes for last week. Something about the results just smells to me!! In my opinion, American Idol needs to change it’s voting system, so that the contestant who is most talented wins! It shouldn’t depend solely on the number of votes, because not everyone can text votes (which is the quickest & most efficient way to get more votes in a 2 hour period). Some people who vote have to rely solely on the phone to vote, & it is so hard to get thru that way! The results are so skewed!! I am still upset about it!! So wrong!! My best friend and I cried so hard when we saw that you didn’t make the top 3!! I admire you, James, because you never lost your swaggard with your awesome exit performance! You left the American Idol stage in style…James Durbin THE AWESOME ROCKER style!! You hold your head up PROUD, and never stop believing, James! You are so incredibly talented! You are way beyond American Idol!! You have a successful career ahead of you!! I look forward to hearing more music from you. I can’t wait for your first CD to come out, because I am going to buy it!! ! You have a beautiful fiance, and a very cute sweet little boy!! Hold tight to your sweet family, and never stop believing, James!!! Best wiishes to you, and your family!

    http://lnk.ms/NtKPP

  124. ruth
    May 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    OMG what is wrong with people James is so amazing he is a winner in my heart regardless of american idol.James should of won the title,it wont take long for someone to sign a deal with james and he will go on and do so much better then anyone.

  125. jenna
    May 16, 2011 at 2:10 am

    If you think something was wrong with the voting system/pr…ocess last week and James should continue on the show, email Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly at kevin.reilly@fox.com . You can also call him during business hours at 310-369-1000, or if you call after business hours, you can leave a message: When prompted, press 1# to access the dial-by-name feature. Spell R E I L L Y on your keypad, press 2 for Kevin Reilly, leave a brief message for him.
    Lets show American Idol what real people power is and give them a true look at the fan base for James Durbin. James has fought against the odds on his own all his life. Let’s pitch in and help James beat these odds. Post this on blogs, Facebook, Twitter or any place you can think of. We need to work fast so cast your vote now.”

  126. Carrie
    May 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    James, I was heartbroken when you were voted off American Idol last week. I still believe you were the one to beat. You don’t need the title of American Idol behind you. Chris Daughtry has proven that (and he was voted off in the same order as you!). Start making records… We will be waiting!!!!!!

  127. Patti
    June 23, 2011 at 2:13 am

    James has an EP going on sale at WalMart. It is available for preorder right now and later next week in store. It is only $5 and lots of sales mean he is more likely to get a record dea.l So support James and buy his EP for you and several friends!

  128. Audrey Castillo
    June 23, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Patti :
    James has an EP going on sale at WalMart. It is available for preorder right now and later next week in store. It is only $5 and lots of sales mean he is more likely to get a record dea.l So support James and buy his EP for you and several friends!

    Just ordered one for myself and posted the link on Facebook-I also forwarded the email from Autism Speaks-Get the word out and get yourself one-gotta support the REAL winner! Thanks for the info!!!

    • Patti
      June 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      You are welcome Audrey! There have been people asking me where they can donate extra copies they have bought of his EP. Some people are buying multiple copies to help support him and they are giving them out as gifts. But they know there are some folks that might want copies but just can’t afford them. I’ve been asked to find out what organizations might be interested in receiving copies of James music to give out. I have given my extra copies to the Children’s Therapy Center where I work. Do you guys on here have any good ideas for places to donate James’ music? In the past people have donated to the troops overseas.

      You said you forwarded an email from Autism Speaks? Does that mean you are involved with the organization? What a great megaphone to have to keep people up to date about James!! There is some very good news that has been dripping out. First, James has been retained by a management firm associated with 19E (along with Haley and Pia). That means he will likely get signed to a record label- don’t know if it is a one record deal or what – usually is at first. Also, he has been working with the same songwriter who has written for both Aerosmith and Chris Daughtry. That would not be happening if there weren’t plans in the works. Yahoo!! Let’s support James!!

  129. Audrey Castillo
    June 28, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Patti :
    You are welcome Audrey! There have been people asking me where they can donate extra copies they have bought of his EP. Some people are buying multiple copies to help support him and they are giving them out as gifts. But they know there are some folks that might want copies but just can’t afford them. I’ve been asked to find out what organizations might be interested in receiving copies of James music to give out. I have given my extra copies to the Children’s Therapy Center where I work. Do you guys on here have any good ideas for places to donate James’ music? In the past people have donated to the troops overseas.
    You said you forwarded an email from Autism Speaks? Does that mean you are involved with the organization? What a great megaphone to have to keep people up to date about James!! There is some very good news that has been dripping out. First, James has been retained by a management firm associated with 19E (along with Haley and Pia). That means he will likely get signed to a record label- don’t know if it is a one record deal or what – usually is at first. Also, he has been working with the same songwriter who has written for both Aerosmith and Chris Daughtry. That would not be happening if there weren’t plans in the works. Yahoo!! Let’s support James!!

    I think donating to the troops is an excellent idea. You can never do too much for our men & women who already sacrifice so much. Also just about any autism-related organization would love donations of this type. It can be used as a raffle prize at a fundraiser, or as a gift to the person who raises the most for the event, just a couple suggestions. I am signed up to receive emails from Autism Speaks, and one of those emails was about James’ EP. That’s the one I forwarded. I also like to do the walks and the Autism Awareness Day at Universal Orlando, So I guess you could say I am somewhat involved (haha) I am passionate about tolerance of people with autism because my son has PDD-NOS. I have learned so much from him and been inspired by James’ story. I can’t wait to receive the EP and rock out with my kids to it!

  130. Patti
    July 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks Audrey! I will pass this info along and I am so glad that Autism Speaks sent out info about James new EP. In addition, there is a new single of his out on itunes this last week that is from his pre-idol days. He is singing on something called the Dale Ockerman project – I think that is right. It is a lovely ballad. Keep supporting James!!!

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