you don't need to click the link, it's the writing in the post I like
That person that shouldn't have said that because it was too blunt and rude might not have intended it, they might not understand/be capable of filtering, giving the world the unedited version.
There's a long list of things you might encounter out there, things you might not immediately think "this might be Autism?"
Here's some basics. (screw the new DSM, we aren't playing diagnosis)
1. Social Challenges - unable to filter, too literal in speech and understanding, repetitive, too long winded, doesn't catch onto hints or social cues, seemingly scripted speech.
2. Repetitive behaviors - saying the same thing over and over, having to do things in a patternistic way, often "OCD" is a title they adopt, need structure, get frazzled when things don't go according to plan.
3. Sensory Overload - Easy tantrums, shuts down in crowds, hates being around too many people, wears sunglasses a lot, earphones a lot, hates being touched/hugged, overreacts to sensory inputs that seem normal, etc...
There's so many ways it can manifest, but these are good examples. Just because you know one person on the spectrum, does not mean everyone is like that, it comes in so many flavors.
Want to know some realities, try http://www.wrongplanet.net
Want to know how to deal with people on the spectrum? Simple. Don't judge. People on the spectrum have needs just like yours, including needing to be understood, to be safe, to be loved. Just that often the ways life works to get there are different.