Both this report on autistic adults and the video version of it are interesting to watch because of the different attitudes shown by the neurotypical experts who are interviewed. Of course, although we do see an autistic adult, nothing he nor any other actual autistic person has to say was included.
We do hear from Dr. Peter Gerhardt, one of the most compassionate NT experts:
"Right now we talk about what a horrible, challenging, significant developmental disability it is, but then I come along and I say yeah, but you can hire him," Gerhardt said, "If we give a little on one end in terms of accommodating our need for specialized services on the other end diminishes a little bit. So we can find a very positive accommodation I think by working on both ends of this spectrum so to speak."
But we also get a lot of Autism Speaks horror talk, both from the anchors and from the Cleveland Chapter founder:
"There's, what I call, a tsunami of children coming in down the pike," said Shari Goldberg. Her 15-year-old son Noah was diagnosed with autism at 18-months, "If one in eighty-eight children right now have autism then imagine how many adults and we have to help those adults and figure out how they're going to fit into our community because they are our community. They're our children, our brothers, our sisters."