We “neurotypicals” – people who don’t have autism – are social creatures, with set ideas about the proper behavior of others. Are we too quick to judge when someone's behavior doesn't meet our expectations? How does that affect people with autism?
Who hasn't felt the disapproving stares of others when their child with autism was acting differently? Those glares convey the shame, disappointment or rejection that societies around the globe attach to autism. What does stigma mean for people?
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld stepped into a minefield when he diagnosed himself as being on the autism spectrum – "on a very drawn out scale." He complained of problems with social engagement and understanding figures of speech. Were these faint whispers of autism he described similar to the Broad Autism Phenotype?
Studies say that children and adults with autism are at risk for an inactive lifestyle and obesity. While the reasons are subject to debate, it's clear that people with ASD often face unique challenges to physical fitness.