1. Are you on the autistic spectrum? (if so, please list your MBTI type)
2. If not officially diagnosed, have you ever thought that it was likely that you might be on the autistic spectrum?
I've joked about it, but no, I don't think I am.
4. This question is for everyone, whether on the spectrum or not: How many people with an autistic spectrum disorder do you personally know personally? How severe is it? If possible, what do you think the would be the MBTI type of the person?
I have 12-year-old sister and 8-year-old brother with autism. My sister's is pretty severe, she doesn't speak at all (although she understands certain verbal cues), she has more outbursts, and she can't take care of herself in any way. My brother, on the other hand, is actually pretty social for an autistic kid, and he is SMART. Not a savant or anything, but you can talk to him and he knows what you're saying (although he only speaks in words and short phrases, so it's a one-sided conversation), he can read simple things, and he has a brilliant imagination and sense of humor. He can tell when he's making people laugh.
He's pretty self-sufficient too, considering his condition and age. He's (mostly) potty-trained, he can pop certain foods in the microwave and feed himself, and he's actually really good at painting peoples' toes.
He knows his colors, body parts, everyone's names, etc. He's aware of the world around him. He has a really good sense of direction too.
If I had to guess their types...sister: INTJ; brother: ESTP.
5. If you are NOT on the autistic spectrum, how would you personally describe autism and how you perceive it?
This is the hardest question. I live with autistic people, so I've never been good at describing it in words. It is what it is, to me. So it's hard to explain to other people.
6. For everyone: What do you think is the cause of autism? Do you think that it is, in fact, a disorder, or rather a difference in brain structure? Do you think there should be a cure? What is your opinion of the neurodiversity movement?
I have no strong idea or opinion on most of this, but I think there's some genetic connection. My mom has 2 autistic kids, and so does her cousin. There has to be some environmental thing though too, because autism has exploded in recent years. A cure seems like a weird idea to me...autism just seems...irreversible. I don't know. Neurodiversity only makes sense up to a certain point. My siblings, for example, will need to be cared for by someone else for the rest of their lives.
8. Same as the above, accept for non-autists. Any notable situations that you can recall where the subject of autism or an autistic individual was prominent?
Heh. I have a ton (I can't think of most of them, unfortunately). But, I think the best one is:
Once, my sister ran away in the middle of the night, completely naked. The cops brought her home.