Autism On My Mind

The article discusses the early history of how autism was “discovered.” Many believed that people who portrayed signs of what is known today as autism, were idiots. Idiots was a medical term that meant someone was intellectually inferior and incapable of learning. Nonetheless, a doctor observed these socially incompetent people and believed that they were not dumb at all because they were able to perform tasks that showed intellectual ability, such as counting and multiplying. Following this realization, other doctors, including Howe, opened education facilities for people with autism.

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