“Many people are aware of autism spectrum disorders, but few people understand them.¬†The term encompasses a wide spectrum of disorders characterized by impairments in social, communication and imaginative skills that affects everybody who has them differently. That’s why the word “spectrum” is used.¬†Unfortunately, the common image of people with autism put forth by the media is scary and inapplicable to most people with the condition. Pop culture thinks of autistic individuals as nonverbal, temperamental and violent, but also inhumanely smart and misunderstood.” Continue reading…