The world we live in was not designed with autistic needs
Any of these situations are good reasons to seek help.
Some people prefer the term Asperger’s or call themselves an “Aspie.” Often people refer to children as autistic and use Asperger’s when they are talking about adults. Originally Asperger’s meant people who had autistic traits but used verbal language. The term has since changed to Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD.
Much of this debate about terminology is rooted in political beliefs. Historical researchers continue to debate Asperger’s role in the Nazi regime. He may have been involved in actions or decisions that harmed the autistic children he studied, so some people feel distressed about being associated with his name.
Many people consider autism an invisible disability. Others contend that autistic people are disabled only due to the social conditions and biases that make it impossible for them to function as required in our world.
There is also controversy about whether people “have autism” or “are autistic;” most prefer to acknowledge their autism is integral to their identity and use the latter. We might say, “I’m tall” or “He’s bald,” not “I have tallness” or “He has baldness.” I say, “I am autistic,” but when others use different language, I support that and honor their choice. I want to validate everyone’s autonomy.
The question of whether people “are” or “have” various disabilities has determined the implementation of laws protecting part of the population. (Did you know the disabled population is the largest “minority” worldwide?) These questions also include important philosophical implications about rights and responsibilities.
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