To some autism is a disability. To some autism is a difference. To most, including me, I’m betting it's both. It's not always bad, it's not always good. It leaves some people virtually unable to communicate in an NT world and it increases other peoples intellectual ability to the point of near genius.
Some see it as a gift, and others as a curse. Some, including me, see it as neither but as simply something that is. Like the colour brown, or the shape of a circle it exists above other perceptions and therefore is amoral as oppose to moral or immoral.
Some see it as something that needs research into its origins. Others see it as something that needs research into how it can be stopped. Some, including me, see it as something that needs research into how best we support autistic people as they become – and continue to be – adults. How we help them with housing, employment, education etc.
Some people would be shocked that others don’t see research into a cure as the number one priority – or even as a priority at all – and others would be shocked that others don’t seem able to see autism as anything but a state that medically affects children.
As we enter the last year of the first decade of the new millenium, the question needs to be asked: where do we go from here?