A reminder that April is Autism Awareness month. I can't say very much first hand, but won't let that stop me from writing. (As usual.)
Couple notes. One is, though I'm not autistic, I'm also not dead center 'normal' (whatever that is). (what, you've noticed?). I deviate from 'normal' in some directions that point in the direction of autism. Not enough to be on the autism spectrum myself, but enough that my sister found me useful as a guidepost towards her autistic students. Partly because of this, I am irritated by people who say 'everybody in science is autistic'.
Another note is, I know a number of autistic people, at various places along the spectrum. That's the other reason I'm irritated by such blanket generalizations. I wouldn't be surprised to find that some working scientists/engineers/... are indeed autistic. But it's neither necessary nor sufficient, nor does it really honestly connect to either the scientists (who may or may not be autistic) or autistic people (who may or may not be scientists).
The thing to do is, er, be aware of autism. See also my sister's (same one) blog. Autistic people are people. Start, and finish. As with any people, you get farther with understanding them as themselves rather than trying to fit them in to preconceptions you may have.