Top 10 Autism Misconceptions

Note: This list is for educational purposes only and is not meant to be messed with. Thank you.

1
Autism is a mental illness.

It’s NOTHING like a mental illness. It’s actually more of a communication disorder. Autists are actually very intelligent and my autism does not affect my intelligence whatsoever. – SomeRandomGuy14

2
Autism is caused by vaccination.

Not really. There’s really been no scientific evidence to support this kind of claim so to all the parents and anti-vaxxers out there, please vaccinate your kids. – SomeRandomGuy14

3
People with autism don’t want to make friends.

This isn’t always the case. Some autists have been proven to wanna socialize with others and even make more friends of their own (I jist simply try to be more careful of who I try to socialize with because there are a lot of weirdos out there). – SomeRandomGuy14

4
People with autism can’t learn.

Of course they can! Like I already stated, some autists are actually very intelligent and have really high IQs. They jist need some time to learn faster (but no need to worry, there’s way more faster learning autists than slower learning ones). – SomeRandomGuy14

5
Just like Rain Man, autists have savant skills.

Not all of them do really. Not all are extremely good at math or can recite a phone book. This isn’t to say that they’re dumb though, it’s just that they’re not that perfect at certain things just like how many non-autists aren’t either. – SomeRandomGuy14

6
Autism is caused by bad parenting.

It’s not. Bad parenting shouldn’t be encouraged by any means but it definitely doesn’t cause autism. – SomeRandomGuy14

7
Autism only happens in children.

A little lower because it’s already obvious that it happens in a lot of adults too. – SomeRandomGuy14

8
Autism makes people more aggressive.

Not necessarily. There have been lots of autists who have been proven to be calm and non-violent. It’s actually really rare for an autistic child to intentionally cause harm to another person. – SomeRandomGuy14

9
Autism causes people to be more violent.

Although there have been news stories relating autism to violence, those kinds of acts usually arise from sensory overload or emotional stress and it’s actually very usual for autists to act out violently or pose any real danger to society. Many autists actually prefer to limit their exposure and interactions with others because of social situations. – SomeRandomGuy14

10
People with autism lack empathy.

This is wrong on so many ways. If anything, autists actually feel more empathy as others, but theu may express it in ways that are harder to recognize. – SomeRandomGuy14

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