If you have been using function labels like “severe” and “mild,” or “high” and “low functioning,” it’s time to look at the impact of that language.
The way society regards autistics is explored through a political analogy where accommodations for autistics are based on the conservative value of assimilation instead of the progressive value of a cultural mosaic.
Conversion therapy, aspie supremacy, and diagnosis denial before age ten, and then came the shame and masking. Eventually, there was enlightenment, acceptance, activism, and pride.
Humour autiste : découvrez une parodie, les comportement des allistes (les non-autistes) décrits comme pathologiques
The rift between autistic advocates and parents of autistics can be contentious. A look at this divide and why it persists with an accompanying video.
Those who are different are excluded, bullied or at best dragged down from above as mascots. An ideal team in reality seems to consist only of “Leonardos,” people pretending to be Leonardo, people imitating Leonardo, and people obeying Leonardo…
For most of his life, until he started typing, E was identified as a “low-functioning autistic.” These are his thoughts on function labels.
“We have now arrived at the ultimate falsehood of high-functioning autism: what this label really means is that you have high outside functioning. I am excellent at pretending to be someone I am not.”
Two autistic voices have risen to prominence in the mainstream media: Greta Thunberg, teen climate change activist, and Kodi Lee, the blind autistic musician and singer who recently won the popular show, America’s Got Talent.
I believe that those of us with platforms are obliged to share the words of non-speakers and seek their input whenever possible. We can’t do what the “anti-neurodiversity” crowd does; we can’t argue over whose voice is more acceptable.