We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I thought, early in his life, that one of my grandsons had Asperger's syndrome. Then they came out with the idea that Asperger's is just part of the autism spectrum, but that doesn't really describe him at all. Now in his twenties, he's highly intelligent, articulate, and self-sustaining, though he focuses to a high degree only on certain things and is, and always has been, socially awkward. That won't keep him from having something of a normal life, I hope and believe.
The Hollywood stereotype autistic person was a disservice. I was really surprised when I first read of a seriously autistic person who found a way to communicate and there was a very smart person in there. Bookworm at Bookworm Room pointed to a book written by a young man she knew personally who had found his way to communicate in a manner normals wouldn't discount.