Most parents or family of an autistic person probably has a story of someone misunderstanding and thinking they said, "My son is artistic." This story about artistic autistics, from SUNY Oswego - News & Events, shows that for some either label will work:
'Autism Rocks at Any Speed' will illustrate the creative outlet that many adults and children with autism have experienced through the visual arts. Five of the exhibited artists are adults, while 6-year-old Dahl created her computer-generated images last year. Although she has difficulty with conversations, Dahl expresses her feelings successfully through her colorful artwork.