I've heard and read too often that people with autism spectrum disorders just don't get humor. Our son not only gets humor (especially pratfalls) -- he also knows when we're kidding and when we're serious. It took some practice, some serious silliness, and a whole lot of watching the Garfield movie...and to be fair, he still has a tough time grasping puns and other more subtle jokes. But then again, so do most 9 year olds.
So where the heck do the pundits get the idea that autistic people lack humor? Do they just assume that's the case, or do they actually know a lot of humorless folks on the autism spectrum?
Here's a challenge for those pundits. Let's put together a list of terrific jokes made by autistic folks -- and let the pundits eat their words. I'd go first -- but I'm not sure that fart jokes translate on the web!