Of all the disabilities and disorders I’ve researched, I’d wager autism is second only to schizophrenia in the number of myths it’s spawned that simply don’t stand up to close scrutiny. So far, I’ve already tacked six common myths, but there are yet more to deal with, such as:
Autistic people lack imagination
It’s true that autistic people generally lack social imagination – the ability to accurately guess how people are going to respond to a social action, such as a joke. So we can be prone to accidently offending people. But when it comes to abstract imagination, this couldn’t be further from the truth – some autistic people can be incredibly imaginative. Indeed, that’s often why we’re said to be ‘in their own little world’ – our imaginations can be so intense that we become absorbed in them. It’s also why many autistic people make good fiction writers.
These are just some of the fundamental misunderstandings many people have about autism. I’ve a few more, too – but they’re tales for another day!
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