When it comes to individuals with Autism, I feel like there are three categories that society places on a person to try to fit into in order to be "successful" as a person with Autism. These categories are either: Artistic; Intellect; and Advocate.
Can either mean: drawer/painter, acting, musician, singer, or combination.
Usually born able to do one of these things naturally, but often times individuals with HFA can be pushed/coerced into this category when it may not even be a talent they possess.
It usually starts off as a hobby (typically as "therapy", not to say the arts aren't therapeutic but shouldn't be pushed for an entire population), but then a sympathetic person will overly encourage bad drawings/performances in order to help lift a person spirits. In my opinion, this is one of those things most people with Autism would not understand and is actually kind of cruel. If a person isn't gifted in an area, that's fine. Not everyone is, and like everyone else it will not kill them to not encourage progressing to future events/ getting them to get commissions for their work. Everybody has a hobby that they do for fun and may not be good at but still gives them joy doing it and its fine to keep it that way.
Typically can actually range from "HFA to LFA" (high functioning autism to low functioning autism)
Example: I suck at singing but I still find joy in it and know that trying to do it at an event or for money is a waste of my time to become as successful as I can be. I will still sing my heart out if Backstreet Boys or NSYNC comes on the radio though LOL
This category typically are the individuals with such "HFA" and IQ that people tend to think they do not have a disability or need help in areas. They typically hold multiple degrees or on their way to. Are pushed into either computers or hard sciences. This is so that they can be isolated in either a science lab collecting data or working on a computer fixing problems from afar. People think the isolation will help people with issues with communicative disability. This is far from the truth, people become better socially if they are introduced to it daily.
The majority of these people will be satisfied with what they do in life and will silently succeed. Silently as in they will see no reason to share their diagnosis because maybe then someone will think of them differently or even treat them different. Unfortunately for most of these individuals they are unaware that people are already "aware" something is different about them and already do those things.
These are the individuals that need to speak up the most to give younger generations hope about their future.
Typically considered very "HFA"
These are the people that may or may not be highly intelligent but have been surrounded their whole lives with people not believing they could be anything in life other than maybe a good story. They overcome a vast amount of obstacles. but again may be pushed into advocacy/speaking because others may not "see" them doing anything else, which can lead the person with Autism not thinking that they can completely be a part of societies workforce. Some of them may have some really good advice to share, but eventually you will over saturate the speaking circuit and dampen the response to those truly talented for this area. Again, autistic individuals are pushed by sympathetic people looking to keep someones spirits up when the autistic person probably does not care either way and just wanted to share their story. Not being upfront in these situations is also damaging, in that actively trying to do this may become unfruitful long term.
Typically anywhere from middle of the road functioning to "HFA"
The majority of all of these people will more than likely be severely underpaid for their work, due to not knowing worth or being taken advantage of, unfortunately. That's for another time though.
Then you have the mold breakers, the people who may have started in one of the areas but for their own specific reasons decided that it be better to do their own thing.
What do you all think of this thought of categories that individuals with autism may or may not be pushed into by society?
Mark Fleming- Person on the Autism Spectrum