In this article in the Scientific American it seems that researchers have found common elements between autism and schizophrenia. Now both are conditions we really don’t know all that much about, but from my experience I can see how they might be connected.
With schizophrenia what you often have are hallucinations. In fact, I once met a schizophrenic who as we were talking started to see inside his mind a most vivid image of a flower. He knew it wasn’t real, but it was vivid. In my case I have been diagnosed initially as a schizophrenic, and to some extent my autism could come across as that. It would be interesting to learn that the two are related, and that autistics can be treated as schizophrenics, and schizophrenics as autistics.
This may well mean changes into how the two disorders are approached and treated.
Thought you’d be interested.