While I will generally agree there are a significant number of goofy made up disorders these days and plenty more real disorders that are way over diagnosed, I personally have not seen autism fall into either category. And having dealt with some autistic kids in my life, I can promise you they most definitely have their own struggles, particularly in regards to social interaction. My mother, who has a degree in psychology and has spent her entire career working with kids of all ages, would agree with this statement. I truly believe this girl is not capable of grasping the impact and reception of her behavior. And isn't that what everyone's so wound up about? It's not that she believes differently than us. It's that she had the audacity to stand up in front of a bunch of world leaders and speak to them as if they were inferior about what we consider to be incorrect beliefs. If I thought she was truly capable of understanding the impact of her behavior, then I'd be one of the first in line to say sit down and shut the fuck up. 17 is plenty old enough to be told that (although still a kid regardless of what any of you think). But I honestly don't think she grasps it. And the mudslinging adults getting all butthurt over the words of an autistic child are frankly even more sad than she is.