13 Autism Myths Everyone Needs to Stop Believing
Myth: If you know someone with autism, you’re an expert
Famed world advocate and woman with autism, Temple Grandin, likely knows all too well how wrong this myth is. In 2013, her mother, Eustacia Cutler, wrote an article for thedailybeast.com, implying that individuals with autism, mostly men, were more at risk for falling into a trap of viewing child pornography than typically developed individuals, but she offered no supporting facts.
Cutler simply felt that, since she has a daughter who had been diagnosed with autism at age 2, she was an expert on the subject. Unfortunately, these types of baseless articles can spread very damaging autism myths. Individuals on the spectrum are very different from one another, hence the diagnostic criteria that encompass a wide range of delays and restricted abilities.
This is exactly why it’s a spectrum disorder. If you know one individual with autism, you don’t automatically understand them all. Before you jump to conclusions about an autistic person, it’s best to get to know that person and how autism affects him or her.