- overvaluing eye contact by judging others on their ability / inability to do so.
- engaging in small talk
- not taking things literally
-speaking for the sake of speaking
It is a also a neurotypical (NT) word describing a segment of the disable community, those with mental illness and those who are unable to help themselves and therefor require not just assistance but direction.
Autism refers to a Spectrum of people which in reality has referred to mainly extroverted Autistics (those they can observe readily).
As much as Autistic encompasses "high functioning" Autistics and "Aspergians", NTs exercise the use of this word to mostly regard "lower functioning".
The use of the term Autistic is usually used in NT circles including 'experts, parents and service providers' only to leave out the very people they claim to be trying to help.
Autistic means to be seen as less than, dumb, incapable, foolish, naive.
"Um, you don't seem autistic. You seem fine to me. You make eye contact. You are reasonably expressive. Nothing's wrong with you"
"You're Autistic. I'm sorry your Autism has made things so hard for you"
"Um, I didn't say that".
Some of the lower functioning people with autism have the intelligence of a baby, in which they can only scream, grab at your shirt, drool, and do other baby type stuff.
However, there are people that are autistic that are very smart, such as Bill Gates.
To people that generalize autistic kids as retarded, be quiet, because you're probably using Windows.
A lot of people are oblivious to the concept of autistic adults, only thinking of autism being about children. This is not the case and many autistic adults (such as myself) have jobs and contribute to society like everyone else, and they are not always "high functioning".
Some Autistic people want to be cured, and that's fine if it's what they really want.
However, there are plenty of autistic people who would rather not edit themselves to conform to society's narrow defintion of "normal", of which I am one. The vast majority of people know nothing about autistic people who are HAPPY the way they are, which is a shame.
Anti-cure: "It's very likely Einstein was autistic, as well as a whole host of other people throughout history. How about appreciating autistic people for they are, not who you wish they were?"
There is no cure, but with research centers like the Autism Society of The Quad Cities (Iowa/Illinois), the Autism Society of North Carolina, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Center for the Study of Autism, there is hope in the future for a cure for this disorder in which a person has social difficulties, demands a predictable environment, has things that they are ultimately irritated by, and other characteristics and symptoms associated with this disorder. There are also milder forms of this mental/emotional condition (See Asperger's Syndrome)
I knew another autistic kid who was amazingly awesome at street fighter for snes.