Autism is a developmental disability, NOT an intellectual disability. Up to 40% of autistic children are assumed to be learning delayed, a common misconception that goes with autism.
It is a disorder we are born with. It’s not an illness. It’s not a learning deficiency. It means we are functionally lacking something in the brain- and that’s what makes us who we are. This can make it a challenge for neurotypical people to accept us for who we are – without expecting us to change our behaviour or characteristics.