In America we’ve spent over a billion dollars on autism research. What have we got for that? We’ve not seen anything that’s appreciably impacted the quality of life of autistic people, regardless of their place on the spectrum. Quite frankly, we’ve spent $1bn figuring out how to make mice autistic and we’ll spend another $1bn figuring out how to make them not autistic. And that’s not what the average person wakes up in the morning aspiring to. They think: am I going to be able to find a job, to communicate, to live independently, either on my own or with support? Those are the real priorities.