In the two years since I discovered that my condition had a name, I’ve learned a lot about autism. This article, from the blog that originally drew my attention to it, has a very good summary of it — and indirectly points out that, despite the challenges that it creates, a little autism can be a very good thing:
Grandin’s soapbox last night was that people with autism fall all along the spectrum, and that the limitations people with autism face range from terrible handicaps to barely any. TI and NASA are full of people on the spectrum, she joked (but wasn’t kidding). And she pointed out that Steve Jobs had personal hygiene issues early on, just as she did.
If you have any interest in autism or the brain in general, the article is worth a read.