The autism spectrum is quite broad. Sometimes people with Autism are regarded as being unintelligent In my limited experience autistic people can be very clever, such as Einstein and Newton. However, because they are often misunderstood, I believe their dignity can be undermined because some people think they are unintelligent.
Totally agree with you Jan. In my experience this is true. I take service users into the community and the hardest part of that is public perception, and the at times egregious behaviour.
I also completely agree with you, I work with service users with autism and some of them are the smartest people I’ve ever met. Just because they have autism doesn’t mean that they cannot hear and retain information. I would also recommend looking into savant syndrome which is very common in people with autism, and in layman’s terms means that they can be an expert in one particular area e.g. trains, science, even medicine. Jan, if you work in health/social care it might be an idea to get some info on savant syndrome and have it readily available for staff to read. People with autism are definitely not unintelligent!!