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It is impossible to know what an Autistic's abilities and skills versus needs and challenges after a brief conversation either in person or in the comments thread of an internet post.

Other people, like Every Autistic person is different from every other Autistic person.

Among Autistics, there is a huge range in individual abilities, skills, needs, and challenges.

Unless you know someone very, very well, you have no way of knowing what specific adaptive functioning skills or life skills a person has or what their needs and challenges might be, and it's not possible to acquire that information simply by looking at a person.

Not everyone who can write a blog post can live independently, tend to their own activities of daily life, get and keep a job, complete higher education, travel alone, communicate with oral speech, or manage their own finances.

This is very dismissive of a person's disability and experiences.

Many Autistic adults take issue with the "high-functioning" and "low-functioning" labels for a variety of reasons.

2012: After receiving a slice of humble pie over the anonymity of the internet for language that was interpreted as cissexist, binarist, and inaccurate, I've revised the language in number 13.

There could really be a hundred or a thousand of these, but I've decided to choose just fifteen for the sake of brevity and not imploding anyone's browser.

And yes, some Autistics happen to be excellent with math and enjoy working or studying in related fields.

There are Autistics who are relatively computer illiterate as well as Autistics who thrive in the IT world and community.

All Autistic people share some of the same core characteristics that define autism -- key differences in neurological functioning, sensory and cognitive processing, and communication abilities that often manifest as disability. Autistic people, like all people with developmental disabilities, are at much higher risk for abuse or victimization -- sexual or otherwise -- than the general population, but that doesn't mean that Autistic people don't know about or can't have sex.