Stories Autism Parents Tell
No, autism is not synonymous with mental retardation

I find myself somewhat frequently explaining that autism and mental retardation are two completely different things, that one impairs social interactions more than the other and that the other is indicative of one’s cognitive functions. Yes, the two can appear in the same individual, but they are in no way linked. They just happen to be there in that one person.

But I always take the time to explain it to people until they get it, because if I can do my part as the mother of at least one autistic child explaining what autism actually is as compared to what the media might make it out to be, job well done.