Idiots or not?

This article talked about the history of autism and how it has actually been around for way longer than the term has even been in use. Back then, people with intellectual disabilities or people who acted differently than the norm were referred to as “idiots”. The term had a different connotation back then than it did now so it wasn’t meant to be super demeaning but a way to describe such people. A doctor realized that there was more to these people so he decided to travel and examine anyone called an “idiot” and measure different things about them. A certain person named Billy was looked at, and the doctor noticed that he had profound musical talents despite his social unawareness and intellectual stuntedness. This was just one example of how autism was around a long time ago (and was beginning to be recognized) and that it is more than just intellectual disability.

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