First off – do not tell me that I am high functioning or low functioning. Ever. The truth is my functioning level varies from day to day. Someday just getting out of bed is an accomplishment and other days I am out and about concurring the corporate world.
Functioning labels are not helpful for anyone and they suggest that Autistic people who cannot pass off as Neurotypical are somehow less – despite many non-verbal Aspies (like Carly Fleischmann) being very intelligent despite difficulties controlling their bodies and communication impairments like Apraxia and Alexithymia.
It makes me SO mad because I know how it feels to be underestimated, for people to think you are stupid when you don’t express yourself the way they expect you to. The voice that comes out of my mouth never measures up to my inner voice or the voice that comes out when I type.
I really think high functioning means you hide your AS traits well… which is actually what someone told me once “you hide it well” like THAT is a compliment. “You hide who you really are very well so that the rest of us can feel comfortable” is what I hear when somebody says that.
It’s offensive and needs to stop.
Aspie Sean – a man with great perspective and who is very talented in speaking out loud agrees that saying “You must be high functioning” is NOT a compliment.
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