Behavior and Respect
To elaborate further on this point, although social skills often are defined to mean the set of scripted behaviors preferred by the majority, that's really not what genuine social competence is about at all. Rather, a socially competent person is one who understands that there are many different subcultures with their own social preferences, and who makes a respectful effort to understand those differences and to interact with others in ways that they prefer. Instead of sending autistic people to social skills workshops to learn how to behave as if they were not autistic, we ought to be sending everyone to cultural competence workshops to learn that they shouldn't expect everyone to behave the same way. We've learned this lesson, for the most part, with ethnic minorities; it's time to apply the same principles of respect and inclusion to neurological minorities as well.
A particularly egregious example of what happens when autistic people are stereotyped as nothing but a collection of behavioral deficits can be found in the case of Zakhqurey Price, an 11-year-old boy who has been charged with felony assault based on resisting restraint at school. ASAN has created an action alert describing what you can do to help protect this boy's rights—a concerted effort by our community is needed here, so please take action.