While this Christine M. Condo piece is a must-read for neurotypicals, I do wish actually-autistic people themselves would refrain from the “high-functioning” language. The reality is what Condo herself describes is not functioning, it’s faking — and it’s the kind of faking, what we call masking or camouflaging, that frequently leads to outright autistic burnout. When we ourselves use functioning labels, we ourselves give people the wrong impression about how we’re getting along. Our own language choices matter and we’re only confusing neurotypicals when we talk functioning rather than support and accommodation.

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