The human soul is a diverse and multileveled phenomenon.
I understand that there are autism classifications according to various external and internal signs, and the use of tests to determine the phenomenon. However, in my perception of humanity and reality in general, I would not consider autistic people separate from others, because we are all autistic to a certain degree.
In some ways, we are normal, in some ways geniuses, and in some ways stupid, peasants, workers, freemen, masters and servants. In other words, we find everything in everybody in various combinations.
The function of autistic people in the world depends on their incorporation in their respective social environments, because our environment is of primary importance in differentiating each person from others. I think we simply have yet to find the optimal method by which we could connect people classified as autistic with everyone else.
Autism is a social problem of the relationship with the surrounding environment. For instance, if an autistic child is in supportive and encouraging surroundings—a group or friends who organize supportive and encouraging interactions with older children who know how to behave well—then I am sure that it is possible to pull the child out of any state because the influence of the environment, especially on the autistic person, produces an immense effect.
I do not know the medications specialists use, but in my perception and understanding, a supportive and encouraging influence that is goal oriented—not only on a child but on any person—is able to shift the person out of any state. It can make any normal person autistic, and vice versa.
By Michael Laitman