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Busting The Autism Stereotypes
Busting the Autism Stereotypes
As with anyone with a physical or mental disorder, autistic people deal with a wide range of reactions from others, from full
support to uncaring ignorance. Unfortunately, even those who support autistic family members, co-workers, and friends may not
understand autism very well. This leads to stereotypes, which can result in hatred, embarrassment, or other unhappy situations. By
becoming educated about autism, you can help others in your community cope with this disorder.
It is most important to note that not all autistic people are the same. Other diseases and disorders have their own sets of rules, but
autism is such a complex medical condition, that everyone reacts differently to it. Autistic people are usually rated on a functional
scale, with high-functioning people being able to hold jobs and low-functioning people needing 24-hour-a-day care. Symptoms
include behavioral challenges, uncontrollable movements, speech and communication difficulties, and emotional inadequacies.
Some show all symptoms, while other show few, and still others may have most under control to the point where you cannot tell
they have autism at all.
Because every person is different, no one thing can be said about autism and be true overall. However, most autistic people have
trouble communicating emotions. This does not mean that an autistic person does not feel. He or she simply cannot express this
feeling. It also does not mean strong relationship bonds are not possible. On the contrary, many autistic people are happily
married and in love. Forming relationships is more difficult for most, but can be accomplished over time.
Many people believe that being autistic coincides with being a genius in some aspect. While it is true that some autistic individuals
have extraordinary mat