Dr. Temple Grandin describes autistic people as "different, not less." She might be rather gratified with my household and find herself somewhat snickering into her sleeve while she's at it.
The Burger household is often dominated by a grand and glorious little spirit by the name of Julia. She just turned six and was diagnosed with autism over a year ago. The other three inmates of this house have some trouble keeping up with her creativity, energy, imagination, and self willed personality. She makes snow angels in the Arizona dirt in mid July. We own a large pack of invisible animals, each with its own name. Among our invisible pets are two dogs named Daisy and Geronimo, and my own personal cat named Vivaldi (if you can't beat 'em, join 'em).
I often have people meet Julia and tell me that they wished their children had autism. I have found myself and others attempting to excuse ourselves for not bieng quite like her. Indeed, it is the neurotypicals in this home that have to remind themselves that they are different from Julia, but not less.