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The fact is that many people with autism, with the proper intervention and help, at a very early age, can and do become high-functioning, and go on to lead normal, busy and productive lives, have interests, friends, jobs, and are even homeowners and taxpayers, like most people are, and even drive cars and live independently.
There's too much prejudice against people who're afflicted with autism spectrum disorder. I also think that it is possible for a person to basically outgrow autism spectrum disorder, even though there are certain repercussions from it (i. e. being slower to learn, difficulty with sometimes picking up social cues, and, of course being somewhat quirky, but so what).
The term "high functioning" autism should not be thrown out by the wayside or taken lightly, either.
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