Another Spectrum

Personal ramblings and rants of a somewhat twisted mind

The Fallacy of Functioning Labels — Speaking of Autism…


Quincy, over on Speaking of Autism… explains why giving functioning labels is counter-productive, even harmful.

Spend enough time in the autism community, and you’ll notice the popularity of the “functioning label.” “I’m a high functioning autistic,” people will proclaim. “My brother has low functioning autism,” people will say. You could also put talks of severity in this category with “My son is only mildly autistic” or when people ask “how […]

via The Fallacy of Functioning Labels — Speaking of Autism…

Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and discovered I am autistic at the age of sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

3 thoughts on “The Fallacy of Functioning Labels — Speaking of Autism…

  1. Thanks for the repost, Barry! It means a lot, especially as I’m trying to grow the blog I just started!

    • You’re welcome. I’m almost 70 and didn’t discover I was on the spectrum until I was 60. I’m still learning a lot, and as support for autistic people my age is non-existent, I value the insight of others on the spectrum. Even those as young as yourself 🙂

  2. I am final, I am sorry, but this answer does not approach me. Who else, what can prompt?

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