I believe that there is always trade-offs: meaning for a good characteristic to be present, something equally negative also has to be present to balance out a person’s abilities. If social skills are a weakness to someone with Aspergers Syndrome, then some other area of their life is enhanced.
The thing people fear in autism is nothing more than the unknown. When a parent is faced with an autism diagnosis for their child, they often do not know what to expect from that child. Parents receive many messages: they have doctors telling them that their child will never live a normal life, and also have others telling them their autistic child is unusually gifted. The fear of the unknown magnifies whatever issues might exist in the eyes of a parent.
We who have autism are our own separate category. We are not inferior or superior to anyone just because we are different. We cannot be compared to someone who does not have autism. We can only be compared to others are like ourselves. Most especially, we who have autism should be compared to those who are on the spectrum and lead successful lives.