i dont want or intend to affend any of you by my opinion and many others and some children with the condition as well. i have a friend whom is about 24/23. she's very nice and nobody treats her any differently then anyone else and she appreciates this. so let me try and get this in your head:
STOP REFERING THEM TO AS "special" OR WHATEVER! STOP REFERING TO MAKE THEM BELITTLED. IT DEEPLY SICKENS ME WHEN THEY CALL OTHERS "special in terms of needs" OR WHATEVER THE HECK. BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO SPECIAL NEEDS AS YOU CALL IT. THEY ARE JUST TAD MORE SENSITIVE. AND ITS FINE THATS THERE PERSONALITY. JUST BECAUSE THEY MAY BE QUIET, AND MAY SEEM TO IGNORE YOU, THERE NOT. WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF AUTISM? A SLOWER PROCESSING IN THE BRAIN; NOT SOME, "oh, she doesnt talk, she doesnt make any friends well, we should pick on her/him." THAT DISGUSTS ME. so let me tell you something;
the diagnosis doesnt matter. what matters is how much you care about the person, no matter what some idiot knowitall doctors say.