I’m not “high functioning” and I’m not “low functioning”. I’m autistic, and this is why you need to stop using those terms.
I want to talk about the word “awkward” and why using it for people who show autistic traits is inherently ableist.
Very early in my journey towards a diagnosis, I read that autism is more commonly diagnosed in males than females. When I looked into this further, it became clear that autism is commonly missed in females due to multiple factors, including a lack of knowledge about how it is presented in females, misdiagnoses and masking.Continue reading “Masking in autistic females: why we don’t “look” how you expect”