Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicPolls & Surveys · 3 years ago

What is low functioning autism?

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago
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    My understanding is that it's a somewhat derogatory way of saying that an autistic person has difficulty passing as a non-autistic person, especially socially. (Or for argument sake could mean someone who simply chooses not to attempt to pass, socially).

    I'm HFA (high functioning autism - again I don't like the term, not that I have an alternative to suggest). I'm termed thus because with minimal to moderate effort I can pass - socially - as someone who is simply very shy.

    However despite this, my autism does interferes greatly with my employability due to the severe learning disorder-like characteristics my specific case of autism involves.

    Other anon - can we not use "autistic" as an insult please?

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