Let me tell you people something. Instagram, Facebook, the Internet. Smart phones. Bluetooth. Ableton Live. Photoshop. Smart TVs. Do you think autistic people had nothing to do with these things? Do you know about computer programming? Autistic people, Indians, and the Japanese are solely responsible for these technical innovations. A huge majority of modern software is built on top of the innovations of Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Brian Kernighan, Joe Ossana, and Rob Pike. These guys made the Unix operating system for Bell Labs in 1969. These motherfuckers were autistic as shit. How do I know that? Do I have their hospital records? No, I can tell by looking at pictures of them, I can see it in their often not smiling faces. These men were probably endlessly scolded in their personal lives for being "weird", or "rude", or "inappropriate", they probably had a difficult time communicating with people and expressing themselves. They probably rocked back and forth, tapped on things, and nervously whistled like me. Linus Torvalds, who invented the Linux kernel - upon which Google built their Android mobile OS, and whose operating systems power the majority of active web servers on the internet - and Git version control, which makes the world go around? He's gotta be.
Autistic men in Berkeley, California, MIT, and Harvard, pushed their minds to their limits: they wrote computer programs on typewriters, that printed their instructions on paper. They used magnetic tape in big bulky cabinets for storage. They probably had a total of 4,096 bytes of RAM to work with, one one millionth of the amount of memory you have in your mobile device that fits in your pocket. They needed an entire basketball gymnasium to have that small amount of memory. And they had very, very little to base their work off of. They didn't have Stack Overflow, there was no Google, there was no internet, there were no man pages or online tutorials, there wasn't even email yet. They couldn't fall back on the design patterns and established conventions of older languages. These fucking dudes worked their entire lives so you could be able to bitch about your life on Twitter. So you could post pictures of your food on Instagram. So that you could be coddled in a political and emotional echo chamber, that even gives you disinformation if you want it, where you aren't exposed to anything that challenges you or upsets you. So you could pretend to like people on Facebook, and they can pretend to like you. So you could look at cat pictures, or naked women, or dumbass Among Us memes on Reddit. So Russia could steal a 2016 election. So fucking be nicer to the autistic people in your life.
Autistic people are still being bullied, beaten, and abused in schools for being different. Autistic people are still being fired for being different, with their employers saying it's for other reasons. Only 20% of autistic people are even living independently (not with their parents), and up to 50 or 60% of them are unemployed. Police have shot and killed autistic people who were having mental health crises. And there's probably a huge amount of autistic people who have never been diagnosed, and never will be.