Autism – suppression versus blossoming…

“Autism is defined by a suite of negative characteristics, such as language impairment, reduced interpersonal relationships, repetitive behaviors and restricted interests. Autism’s many advantages are not part of the diagnostic criteria. Most educational programmes for autistic toddlers aim to suppress autistic behaviours, and to make children follow a typical developmental trajectory. None is grounded in the unique ways autistics learn.”

— Laurent Mottron

Autism advantage in science…

“But in my experience, autism can also be an advantage. In certain settings, autistic individuals can fare extremely well. One such setting is scientific research. For the past seven years, I have been a close collaborator of an autistic woman, Michelle Dawson. She has shown me that autism, when combined with extreme intelligence and an interest in science, can be an incredible boon to a research lab.”

— Laurent Mottron