There is no routine autism.
Presently, many psychologist and psychiatrists accept the findings in DSM-V that Selective Mutism cannot be comorbid with autism. Others, however, do not concur with this, and routinely care for children and adults who experience long periods in which their ability to verbalize is either limited or non-existent.
Years ago, boxers were thought to become "punch drunk" from too many blows to the head. Their condition became known in boxing and medical circles as dementia pugilistica. Today we know it as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease afflicting those who suffer multiple concussions.
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Autistic citizens are mistreated everyday. Increasingly, they reside in the broader community and engage daily with retailers, banks and other businesses, or with government just like anyone else. The difference is, few people know what their special needs are, how to speak with them, and how to avoid potential problems, such as emotional meltdowns.
Despite mainstreaming, the autistic are seven times more likely to engage with police in their lifetime than persons not on the autism spectrum. This is primarily the result of victimization and the misunderstanding of their condition by those who should know.
Our role is to create acceptance of autism through education, and through public speaking engagements, symposiums, conferences and meetings with the goal of preventing harm to those on the spectrum. Help us in our quest.