The list compiled below are personal facts not substantiated by data, research, or any other autism-oriented organization.
1. ASDs have and likely will always exist within humanity. Prior to Kanner and Asperger, we obviously had other names — like “quirky” — that only rendered it impossible to give these individuals their credit for the gifts they have given our world.
2. Individuals with ASDs are fiercely proud of their diagnosis. They should be. Taking it away is akin to asking for an “unwanted” limb.
3. NTs are not superior to anyone, let alone aspies and auties.
4. The idea that individuals with ASDs lack empathy was obviously a “symptom” “noticed” by an NT who was wanting in the area of empathy him/herself.
5. Etiology should not be as big of a priority as awareness.
6. Online dating should be taken more seriously for individuals on the spectrum looking for a significant other.
7. AD/HD and anxiety are part and parcel of an ASD, not simply co-morbid conditions.
8. You have used something today made possible by individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
9. Person first language is a must, not an option — even on Twitter, where space is limited.
10. The only autism epidemic is one of intolerance.
Do you have any unsubstantiated facts that you believe? Clearly, I do.