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AUTISTIC PEOPLE CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES IN MANY WAYS
This is true, no matter what constellation of obvious abilities and disabilities they demonstrate. Autistic people are valuable as they are. They don’t have value only if they can be transformed into less obviously autistic people.

SIGNIFICANT ABILITIES ARE LIKELY ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
The very wiring of an autistic brain means that the autistic person is likely to have significant and unusual abilities. Those abilities won’t always be make us employable, but autistics usually have excellent memories for facts accompanied by a drive to collect them. These abilities shouldn’t be seen as disabilities or  “splinter skills” just because they are less common among non-autistic people.

AUTISTIC ABILITIES CAN CHANGE OVER TIME
The term autism spectrum does NOT describe a line upon which a series of “functioning levels” are laid out stepwise, with “low functioning” on one end and “high functioning” on the other. Just because a person seems to belong to one category at one point in their life doesn’t mean that he or she will seem the same at another point in his or her life. The situation the person is in often dictates how “functional” the person is. autistics are frequently moved from one autism spectrum diagnostic category to another.

LISTEN TO AND RESPECT AUTISTIC ADULTS
They may be your best resource for information about autism, even if their apparent “functioning level” doesn’t seem to match your child’s. Keep in mind, they are adults, whereas your child is a child.

AUTISTIC CHILDREN LOVE THEIR PARENTS
learn to see how your child expresses affection and not take it personally if your child doesn’t show affection in the way that typical children do. Deaf children may never speak the words, “I love you,” and Deaf parents may never hear those words,

AUTISTIC PEOPLE CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES IN MANY WAYS
This is true, no matter what constellation of obvious abilities and disabilities they demonstrate. Autistic people are valuable as they are. They don’t have value only if they can be transformed into less obviously autistic people.