My brother has autism. He is going to be 30 this year. When he was first diagnosed at like 3, not much was known and my parents thought that they would have to "baby" him for the rest of his life. As the years have passed and hes gotten older, he has learned to take care of himself and express his wants and needs so much better..he picked up sign language like the same DAY..because he needed it as an outlet to express himself (he's not deaf, however he knows what he wants to say, but the connection between his brain and the word coming out of his mouth just dont connect)& he understands more than we used to give him credit for. He still lives at home w/ my parents as he will have to but. He's has grown to become a typical "annoying" brother to me.
Anyways, i get really peeved when people call individuals w/ autism "retards" or "retarded" , "mentally challenged" or the like. its just offensive!