Thank you so much for this post Courtney. When someone labels me high functioning I lose my train of thought, I feel disempowered and I experience momentary mutism.
Note that this article contains a discussion on functioning labels, medical bias against autistics, and similar topics in the autism community.
One of the most common questions I get when I mention being autistic is “So, you’re really high functioning?”
As I’ve mentioned before, functioning labels aren’t really my thing – or most of the autistic community’s either. There’s been a shift from functioning to support levels, or simply just saying what the needs are for each individual person (my personal preference).
I personally think functioning labels are rather harmful – not only for autistic people, but their families too.
When you’re too ‘high functioning,’ you’re denied supports you desperately need simply because you’re not “bad enough” in people’s eyes. And when that happens, we are at risk of becoming the statistics: mental illness, homelessness, lower life expectancy. You’re denied a voice in the autism community because ‘you’re nothing…
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