Autism IS a wonderful gift and the insight it offers and the results it has given are as obvious as the computer screen your reading this on. Aspie Alan Turing(1912-1954) was Father of the computer and many aspies like him, are still alive and well today. In fact many of us have met one another online and in person. We are from all corners of the globe. We all did blind backwards experiments in autism and not so amazingly all came up with the same results! We not only share our proficient picture thoughts we all had the same milestones in their development. It was like we learned to read at the 3-4-5 grade levels. Autism was our naturally programmed language and we developed it on our own, it has never been taught in any form or has it ever been in a text book before. We turn off our optic vision and replace that with a brian generated picture we use to think with. That Brain generated image is invisible to you. Perhaps our glazed look might be your best idea of our picture thinking. By the time we combine are super senses and odd thoughts we do traditional life pretty well.
It is just too bad we find ourselves on the wrong side of the Autism time line as we have found no matter how good we do at real life, Autism still has no reason to admit to us. In fact, It is NOT to their advantage to admit to us. We unintentionally deflate most all of the work from the past 30 years or so. If we were ever admitted to the face of Autism would change. After the new facts became apparent in a quality study of our long term anthropology, I predict Autism would NOT loose its jobs or its funding but rather it would be directed in a better direction and even discover new points to the condition. Our thought and hearing process has never been understood (We are even deaf and blind for a few seconds occasionally) and we have figured it out. We have painless injuries that also need figured out. Think of all the benefits to mankind on those points alone being researched? A quality study would also highlight our odd learning stories that we share and our forced social interactions that not every population in the spectrum shares.
As I have said before condense our long term experiments into a reasonable 1-6 Pre School and autism could be taught that easily. Again NO ONE in the field despite their claims knows how we think or has been privileged to have an autistic thought. If they knew that Temple had just touched the tip of the ice berg, they would not have forgotten about her work but tried to develop it. Even Aspie Author Bill Stillman describes Picture Thoughts.
The cards will fall in many directions but, old autism will finally be explained if they ever studied us. So many things will be obvious and many new questions will be brought up and perhaps if we are really lucky we might just unite old and new autism into something connected to reality. So much of the working living old autism is suited to the new autism that is just plain sad New Autism has the "wrong end of the stick." Ignorance is not all that bliss when we see autism from the inside looking out. Ignorance is only opening the door to a group home for too many of us. The ignorance factor of Autism (unintentionally) has grown in recent history. Perhaps now it has lost track of the ideals it has really never known?