There was an interview recently of the author of a new book which documents her son's story of growing up with autism.
It sounded pretty powerful. They have a website now with quotes from the boy's typing. He was unable to communicate by words for many years and then one day when he was about 7 he started to key in complete sentences one letter at a time, no spaces and no punctuation.
But it was WHAT he typed that was earth-shattering. He said things that he could never have learned by reading the Internet or by hearing people talk to him or any other source in this world. It was clearly as though some spiritual force was giving him teachings, in his own mind. And furthermore, when questioned, he would type (because he could not speak) that Jesus told him this, or that a beautiful angel taught him what to write, or that he had seen this thing in heaven.
Hearing some samples of his words (typedoneletteratatimewithnospaceslikethis) leaves one with the clear knowledge that the boy is highly intelligent, and therefore autism has no relationship whatsoever with mental retardation, but is rather a BEHAVIORAL condition, probably something neurological, as a member has already posted on the first page, above.
The author, the boy's mother, said that many of the most prominent scientists and inventors of the past two centuries were most likely autistic, such as Albert Einstein, Nicola Tesla, Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison and Louis Pasteur, among others. She thinks that the plethora of chemicals that children get by injection (ostensibly to prevent disease) has something to do with it, but offered no citations or references.
If anyone wants to know her name or the website I can look it up.