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What do you think autistic people are like?

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    They're not as good as normal people overall
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    They're just as good as normal people overall
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    They're better than normal people overall
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    I am autistic
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    Based off of your own experiences or what you've seen, what is your impression of people on the autistic spectrum?
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    excellent drivers
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    It is disturbing that this is even a question someone is asking :/

    Anyone who thinks they are "worse" than non-autistic people ("normal" - ergh) is a disgusting human being and **** you.
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    Well. We can be quite insufferable. But the obsessions can be useful. But don't think there is an average Aspie/autistic....because if you've met one, you have still only met one, and that's true.

    Oh and let's stop tip toeing around the word 'normal'....yes, there is such a thing as normal, everyone knows what it is, trying to dissolve the concept isn't getting anyone anywhere.
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    I consider myself to be normal thank you very much
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    (Original post by paddy__power)
    It is disturbing that this is even a question someone is asking :/

    Anyone who thinks they are "worse" than non-autistic people ("normal" - ergh) is a disgusting human being and **** you.
    I was moved to make this thread after I saw someone basically saying that some very antisocial traits (borderline sociopathy even) was similar to autism. I just wanted to see how widespread these sorts of ideas are.
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    Perfectly fine.

    But I think a bit withdrawn?
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    (Original post by najinaji)
    I was moved to make this thread after I saw someone basically saying that some very antisocial traits (borderline sociopathy even) was similar to autism. I just wanted to see how widespread these sorts of ideas are.
    That's fine. Probably would help to explain what you mean by "better" if you don't mean it in an inherent way....
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    People ask me if I am autistic, I don't know if I am but I do know that I am awesome.
    Kidding aside, I have a few Aspie friends and they're great.
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    I don't see them as better or worse, but I've only met autistic people as a kid, and most of them were foreign, so I don't have a strong opinion on them.

    One of the current autistic people I know is fine when sober but a pain in the ass when drunk, but I doubt that has anything to do with her autism.
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    I know a couple of people with aspergers and I wouldn't have even guessed they had any sort of problem which in a sense they don't.
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    The autistic people I've met all happen to be lovely. Although I'm sure some are serial killers, just like in any other group of people.

    So, what I'm (inarticulately) saying is that you can't judge a person just based on one aspect of them as a person.
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    I voted top one by accident. :sad:

    Tired people = Below normal.
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    Don't know anyone with autism, but there was this one guy in my class who had Asperger's and he was really nice. But every human is different and I'm guessing not all people with autism or Asperger's behave the same.
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    even if my socialising skills suck, i do regard myself as being rather normal :lolwut:
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    They're just different I guess, but not by much. The friends I have with autism can be occasionally insufferable but on the whole in my experience perfectly good people.
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    (Original post by paddy__power)
    It is disturbing that this is even a question someone is asking :/

    Anyone who thinks they are "worse" than non-autistic people ("normal" - ergh) is a disgusting human being and **** you.
    Completely agree. When I saw the word 'normal' I got a bit annoyed. Everyone has autistic traits, my mum works with children with autism and as a family, we are involved with autistic people through charities and my brother has aspergers, and I tend to see bits of autism in people that i meet.
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    Why are you trying to gradate autistic people? They don't exist on this imaginary scale you've created for comparison between 'normal' people.

    I don't quite understand what the purpose of this thread is. Clarify please.
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    They're just as good as people without autism, you can't decide on the worth of someone or how good they are based on a condition they suffer from. However, I don't like the way some parents of children with autism say that children with autism are always more intelligent or more something than "normal" kids - it's like parents of children with Downs' Syndrome, who say that children with Downs' Syndrome are "the most loving children" and "more loving than normal children".

    If my parents said "my daughter is more intelligent than someone with Aspergers", or "my daughter is more loving than someone with Downs' Syndrome", they'd be told (and quite rightly) that they were being rude or discriminatory, and yet it's eprfectly acceptable the other way?
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    (Original post by Darth Vader 7)
    Why are you trying to gradate autistic people? They don't exist on this imaginary scale you've created for comparison between 'normal' people.

    I don't quite understand what the purpose of this thread is. Clarify please.
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    (Original post by najinaji)
    I was moved to make this thread after I saw someone basically saying that some very antisocial traits (borderline sociopathy even) was similar to autism. I just wanted to see how widespread these sorts of ideas are.
    EDIT: Also, a scale does exist, hence it being called an 'autistic spectrum'.

    (Original post by madders94)
    They're just as good as people without autism, you can't decide on the worth of someone or how good they are based on a condition they suffer from. However, I don't like the way some parents of children with autism say that children with autism are always more intelligent or more something than "normal" kids - it's like parents of children with Downs' Syndrome, who say that children with Downs' Syndrome are "the most loving children" and "more loving than normal children".

    If my parents said "my daughter is more intelligent than someone with Aspergers", or "my daughter is more loving than someone with Downs' Syndrome", they'd be told (and quite rightly) that they were being rude or discriminatory, and yet it's eprfectly acceptable the other way?
    Never really understood the classification of autism as a 'condition', to be honest... But overall you make a very good point.

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