I wrote and put this up on my personal page on Facebook a while ago, and thought I would share it here even though it is not specifically about Autism.
From the time we are born til the time we die, we are constantly introduced to "things" that are new to us. These things are insurmountable in what they could be. Naturally as humans, we are curious about anything that is considered new to us. From this point, we have two options. The first option is being that we gain as much knowledge as we need to make a informed decision about this new "thing". Once this knowledge is gained, we know whether we like or not like this "thing". I say not like, because if the search for what this "thing" is as in depth as it should, a form of respect is gained. Saying that, it is impossible to truly hate something that you respect. So the next option that is available, is to ignore our curiosity and not learn about this new "thing". This leaving of our natural curiosity, opens us up to speculations and assumptions about this "thing". These speculations and assumptions are given to us by people that have gained our trust. These speculations and assumptions are reinforced when personally seen or heard repetitively heard from others that have gained our trust. This turns the speculations and assumptions to "truths" for us. If these newly formed "truths" about this "thing" is negative in our minds in any way, these truths turn to hate. This hate grows with every speculation and assumption that turns to truths about a certain "thing". This hate grows into prejudice, which can eventually turns to a -ism. However this can be counteracted at any level if true knowledge of this "thing" is introduced. This knowledge is the knowledge that we denied ourselves from the beginning. With all that being said, do not allow your lack of seeking knowledge affect the ones you care about in your lives, especially if it is a child.
Mark Fleming- Person on the Autism Spectrum