PadmaVonSamba wrote:tracefleeman wrote: Famous people with autism include Thomas Jefferson, HP Lovecraft (one of my favorite authors) and Albert Einstein
I don't know whay you would think any of those people had autism. If they did have some atypical brain patterns, they certainly weren't disabilities. Autism was not even a diagnosis in Jefferson's time. If every person who is smart and eccentric has autism, then sign me up.
Seriously, H. P. Lovecraft sounds (from what I've read about him) about as 'aspie' as they come. I can't personally see how an autist could run a newly-independent country, but then I've never been in a position to attempt this myself . In any case, atypical (i.e. autistic in this as in most cases) brain patterns that weren't disabilities in the past are more likely to constitute disabilities now, as there's more stimulation in the environment, greater expectations for one's independent progress in life, and a higher 'minimum' level of social skills. Obviously, these form larger obstacles for autistic people than would have been present in Jefferson's or Lovecraft's times, and those who fall below the threshold of acceptable *being* are naturally classified as being in need of treatment.
Also, parents of autists are typically 'smart and eccentric', and not without reason