It seems quite premature to read too much into “mirror neuron” studies. Particularly when noting the heavily biased, exclusionary language that appears in many popular articles on autism these days.
For example, consider the article Scientists Say Everyone Can Read Minds, by Ker Than, LiveScience, April 27, 2005, which states:
Empathy allows us to feel the emotions of others, to identify and understand their feelings and motives and see things from their perspective. How we generate empathy remains a subject of intense debate in cognitive science.
Some scientists now believe they may have finally discovered its root. We’re all essentially mind readers, they say.
By Anne Corwin