Despite the books, films and TV series starring wunderkind autistic programmers, there remains, however, a great deal of stigma around autism. “The internet has kind of killed my ‘autistic pride,’ so to speak,” says Gillmer.
I remember seeing Alex St. John’s presentation and admittedly laughing the first time I read some of the bullet-points. But, then, I realized how sadly ignorant, hurtful, and grossly lopsided it was; a real shame.
We all have a lot more work to do to ensure that people feel valued for who they are and not the stereotypes that they feel pressured to be.
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