Matthew Baldwin makes a pretty compelling case for Spock as the role model [Spocksmodel?] for the new generation, where neurotypical kids and kids with diagnoses along the autism spectrum live side by side in galactic peace and harmony:
That Spock is different from the rest of the crew is, of course, central to his character; that his difference is largely mental is also part of the cachet. He is a man of two worlds, and cherishes the dual nature of his heritage. Unlike Data (the android in Star Trek: The Next Generation who was forever pining to "be more human"), Spock is perfectly comfortable with who he is--not a bad message to send to kids whose neurological state is classified as a "disorder." Moreover, the rest of the Enterprise recognizes that Spock's unconventional way of thinking provides invaluable insight on the challenges they face, that he is able to view and analyze the world in a manner they are unable to replicate.Hell, make it so. Anyone would be an improvement over Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey.
Autistic Trekdom [themorningnews.org]