"Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, speaks at a TED conference about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids."
As an aside: I have been a fan of Temple Grandin for years for her work to make slaughter houses more humane. This may sound like an oxymoron to some, but any step to reduce suffering is the right one. Hers was a giant leap... and all with ~ or, more accurately, because of her ~ autism.