Autism. Are you truly curious or do you only want to judge?
My Autistic DS is almost 3. Autism is something I take very seriously since I live with it every day, all day. On CM I have seen so much hate for parents of Autistic children and even some intolerance of Autistic children in general. It really breaks my heart to think people are really this way and can only hope it's isolated to CM. there have been a few people that have expressed curiosity about it simply because they don't understand. I thought I might start a thread for anyone interested to read and hopefully the parents of Autistic kids to add their own educational points.
Here's a very basic and simple idea of what Autism is and what diagnosis fall under ASD/Autism to start with.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.
Feel free to add your own bits of information or ask questions! I hope this helps settle some of the dust that's been kicked up.