Once again, I'm bothered by the usage of the word "autism" in this context.
Look, man. I'm a IT guy with three hard science hobbies. If I was born in the '80's I'd have been doped all up on Ritalin and most likely properly diagnosed. Autism is not a bad thing. It is not a good thing. It is a word used to described the way some human brains, mostly male, interact with the world.
I realize that there is a whole "OMG AUTISM" thing out in the real world where this is treated almost like a disability, and in the extreme cases where people need therapy and medication it is.
There is an old joke from the Pre-web Usenet days when the word first started gaining traction. What do you call a 30 year old man with autism? Engineer.