Even if you were already familiar with autism before you visited this website, chances are the discussion you've been exposed to has always been framed in terms of small children. In part, that has to do with the number of diagnoses, which grows higher the younger the generation is. I once met three strangers in one week who all had elementary school aged cousins with autism. Experience with elementary schoolers on the spectrum, however, will do little to prepare you for being friends with an adult on the spectrum, particularly one who is in college. They're not children, nor should they be treated as such. They're adults with their own thoughts and opinions, which should be respected.
Adam Young (Owl City)