Top 10 Misconceptions About Autism 

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The Top Ten

1 Autism is caused by vaccination.

I’m autistic and I got diagnosed with my disorder BEFORE I got my measles vaccine

The myth has already been debunked many many times. If you choose to not vaccinate your child, you're not helping your case any further and instead use ignorance as an inefficient tool to carry out solutions which you are obviously causing more problems than fixing them. If you don't clearly see that you are causing more problems than having a simple solution, you're delusional if you see that the problem is the solution. - Kevinsidis

This along with everything else on this list, especially as someone who has Autism, I find it to be possibly a segment of the dumbest things I have ever, EVER heard.

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.

2 People with autism can't learn.

As a matter of fact, people on the autism spectrum can have remarkable talents in specific areas. A lot of them even learn to think in a certain way that enables them to visualise concepts and systems such as mathematics and logical reasoning as an additional sense.

I've known many people with autism in my school's special class for gifted students. They really are smart in certain subjects. Some of them looked like they don't learn in classes but actually, they learned fast than the others.

Guess that's explains why I managed to learn all the capital cities and countries in the world (not being narcisstic but I needed an example) - darthvadern

They all can. It's called different styles of learning.

3 Autism is a mental illness.

It really isn't, at least not in the negative sense. Yeah, people on the spectrum have different thought processes, but it doesn't negatively affect them (unless they are bullied for it or something), so I wouldn't say it is an "illness" at all. It's just a part of some people, and it makes them unique. I find that really cool. - Atham

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.

Definitely not - darthvadern

It's a 'developmental disorder' - xEliHbkx

4 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 just simply try to be more careful of who I try to socialize with because there are a lot of weirdos out there).

I have a lot of friends. It's just I have a bit of a rough time making new ones - darthvadern

I have autism and I DESPERATELY want to make friends

They do, they just have trouble doing so.

5 People with autism lack empathy.

Definitely not. I just have a bit of a problem showing empathy at times - darthvadern

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.

I have a ton of empathy

If anything, I have too much empathy

6 Autism affects intelligence.

I'm autistic and I'm really smart

I have a high award in Geometry - NickXH

Albert Eisenstein enough said - fallenwish943

I'm smart. - MorlaTurtle8

7 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.

I do not really think my autism is correlated with my anger issues, it is rather much the tainted past that makes me have other mental illnesses other than autism. I am still a nice person. - Kevinsidis

I have anger issues, but it isn’t that bad though. - Userguy44

8 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.

I'm hyper pacifist - darthvadern

No! - MorlaTurtle8

I’m not violent at all

9 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.

I'm autistic and while I am really smart/intelligent, I am DEFINITELY not a savant.

It is called savant syndrome for a reason, people. Also, real-life savants barely fit the 'Rain Man stereotype'. Look at Daniel Tammet for example. - Kevinsidis

My primary skill lies in art. - NickXH

10 Autism only happens in children.

Autism occurs in adults too, but the sad truth is that it’s often overlooked

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

No your wrong autism happens in adults grand parents

I'm an autistic adult

The Contenders

11 Autism is caused by bad parenting.

My mother knows I have Autism, but loves me and wants the best for me. - NickXH

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

No, bad kids are what is caused by bad parenting. - Archived

"Refrigerator moms" - Kevinsidis


It only makes it worse. - NickXH

Those who attack the autistic or "supposed" autistic to make them stop being so may not solve the issue you know.

The stupidity is very strong with this item. - Userguy44

Big lie - darthvadern

13 Shock therapy cures autism.

No. If anything, it’s probably harmful - Nic427

14 Dyspraxia is not Autism.

They are very different actually - Nic427

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