As the title indicates, this is a short rant about ignorance–ignorance of autism spectrum disorders, which seems to be rampant. It has come to my attention that some people in a position of authority are spreading the rumor that no one with autism can live independently and everyone with Asperger’s Syndrome can.
That is a lie.
In my own circle of acquaintance, I know of a woman with autism who is married and raising children. I also know of a man with Asperger’s Syndrome who will never be capable of living without support.
Here’s what I told the person who brought this misinformation to my attention. There are a lot of people on the autism spectrum who live on their own. There are also a lot of people on the spectrum who don’t live on their own. It all depends on the individual, not which label they have.
Please, people, don’t make blanket assumptions about any group, including the autism spectrum. That’s what leads to stereotypes, which tend to be wrong.