This article in the journal Nature does not surprise me:
I've seen it: incredible scientific intelligence in people on the autism spectrum. The author of this piece is spot on: it's time to begin acknowledging that there are different (typically "autistic??") ways of thinking, of learning. I think of these different -- but equal, and sometimes even superior -- ways of seeing, and being in, the world as the "Other Normal." Not as deficits, but as idiosyncratic strengths. It's a normal we live with here at Chez Delaunay. Sometimes it's strange. Occasionally it's funny. Always, it's astonishing.
What "Other Normal" is a part of your life?