Great Question! My son has Aspergers Syndrome so I have pondered this many times myself. The answer I came up with is 'kinda'. Was that helpful? (kidding)
I believe there are many ways we can help our loved ones who are on the Spectrum be their very best. I've always felt that is was almost abusive to just sit back and say, "Well, there's nothing I can do for him.. He has Autism." I havn't met too many people that are actively on a quest to 'cure' their loved ones but I have met many people who are always trying to find a way to help them reach their full potential. Good Luck!