My daughter is not what my mind first went to when they said "autism." She is happy, hugging, sweet, and funny. She does not rock back and forth. She does not hit her head on things. She does have definite characteristics, don't get me wrong. Her speech is incredibly limited. Communication is very hard for her. She would rather be alone than with kids her age. She is SUPER into organization (lines up things by color quite often). She would rather figure out how something works than play with it as it is intended.
I've spent MANY hours researching autism and have found that some very famous people have autistic traits...here are a few. These people may be on the autism spectrum, just have characteristics, or are just unique and cool to the rest of us :)
George Bernard Shaw
I think my daughter is in good company :)