It’s nearly impossible to avoid hearing or reading the words high functioning autism/autistic. Regardless of their validity or inadequacy at actually describing anything, you will hear them in the autism world. You can hear them applied to people in both negative and positive ways. You can hear them used as a weapon to silence or as a shield of avoidance.
“But you’re so high functioning.”
“They must be high functioning.”
“But you’re much more high functioning than my child.”
“You don’t look autistic.”
Read the whole post at: Why the High-Low Labels are So Wrong! – Geek Club Books