Susan Etlinger has written a moving essay on autism and the unpredictable public behaviors that can come with it, providing insights that might help observers think before passing judgment:
This afternoon, we will go to a barbecue at the house of our friends Ep and Clyde. At the house which used to be our house, with the playground that used to be our playground, alongside friends who know Leelo and will not be surprised or appalled by anything he does. We're all set up for a successful afternoon.
But the next time Leelo is out of his element in public, and demonstrating so only too vocally or physically, I just may hand out copies of Susan's essay.