We took our kid out of public school in favor of a very small traditional school and a lot of his symptoms are fading (the worst ones like aggression and yelling - he is still buggy on his ever expanding obsessive interests). So is the "cure" for Asp. leaving public school? Could save the government a lot of money...
I've often commented that about 75% of my college friends could probably get an 'autism spectrum' diagnosis if they tried. And many were socially awkward rejects in High School and had fulfilling social lives in college because they could find friends with similar interests and similar levels of social skills.
Is something really a disability when the answer is "go to a top tier school and find friends in your major??"
We home school our quirky left-brained 5 year old, who reads and comprehends at 6th grade level, does math equations (gasp he CARRIES and BORROWS, I can't even understand the new way they do math today lol) He is fascinated by tape measures...he is loving, kind, and HAPPY, even though he doesn't express himself in touchy-feely prose.
I wished we lived in a time when individuality were valued again...being an individual does NOT mean you are anti social, just that your individuality is respected, rather than being part of the herd.
By today's standards, both my husband and I would have been labeled Aspergers...just because we are researchers, inventors and COLLABORATE with others well.