When I point out that Colin Walker’s description of eye contact is classically autistic I don’t mean that as an armchair diagnosis. I bring it up because I take issue with the language deeming eye contact “right” and “polite”. It isn’t; it’s merely typical. The key to understanding is in another word Walker uses: sovereignty. What’s right, what’s polite, is respecting that not everyone’s brain functions typically. Eye contact isn’t required for communication. Empathy is required for communication.