“Autism bore! Run to the hills!” but I bet they’ve thought it. All too often I am met by a deeply uncomfortable reaction, a reluctance to further discuss it or, worst of all, the kind of dismissal I heard from, of all people, the school’s bloody R.E. teacher.
In a school setting it would surprise many people how undereducated the "supposedly educated" are. Nobody wants to deal with difficult situations so they like to convince themselves that it a) isn't their problem, or b) a problem doesn't exist.