Our Autism Strengths (by which we mean unusual talents, skills, qualities,
and advantages—often beyond the normal range of human experience)
can set autistic people apart in positive ways that allow us to make unique contributions to society.
While not every autistic person will have all the strengths listed below, scientific research has found these traits to be common.
The reason we find it useful to keep a list like this is that—like us—you may very well discover some strengths you didn’t even know you had. And getting to know our strengths can be both validating and empowering!
Just as every super hero has unique weaknesses (Kryptonites)
which they need to face head-on to reach their full potential,
autistic people also face certain unique challenges.
Some of these challenges are inherent to autism, while other
challenges emerge out of social issues such as interpersonal mismatches (see the dialectical misattunement hypothesis) and the double empathy problem, or societal issues such as a lack of accommodations.
Once again, not every autistic person will encounter all of these
struggles, but this list may help you recognize yours, and learn
to improve or better manage your challenges.