A couple distant relatives (20 and 18 years old) asked me a lot of questions about DS over Christmas. If it matters, we don't see these guys often. They are very nice and repeatedly have said what a cute kid DS is and enjoy spending time with him. When they made remarks/asked me things like why he doesn't answer to his name, how interested he was in his movie, etc. I felt unsure as to how much info to share. They may have been told by another family member, but I'm not sure.
In the past I've been very open about DS having autism in hopes that others would become more understanding, but posters on this board have made me reconsider this. I am beginning to see that when you offer that kind of info, you're opening yourself up to a lot of comments/questions/advice and, good or bad, you need to be prepared for that. Also, I want to protect DS's privacy.
Thoughts? How have you all handled these situations?