Neurodiversity blogger Astrid has regurgitated Neurodiversity's most absurd claim .... that "functioning levels" are meaningless concepts. The ideology that purportedly celebrates diversity also tries to claim that there is only one autism and they know what it is because ... well .. it is the autism they know and have.
In Against the Autism Dichotomy Astrid states:
What strikes me as astonishing in all these autism dichotomies, you-are-not-like-my-child posts, etc., is that no-one ever actually draws a line somewhere. If autism is a dichotomy, then where, exactly, is the line between high and low functioning? How many points on an autism questionnaire does one need? How many words must one be able to say? How often must one bite one’s hands? What IQ must one have? What household chore must one be able to perform? There is no objective measure to draw the line, and that is precisely the problem with any similar dichotomy.
This comment by Astrid lacks any element of common sense. Measuring functioning levels occurs every day in the real world. Every job interview or work performance review involves an assessment of a person's functioning level. Every time a student passes or fails a test in school it is a measurement of functioning level. When the World Cup played out in South Africa the entire world measured the functioning levels of the various teams, the players, the coaches and ... especially the referees with their botched calls.
As a child and youth I played a lot of sports, In Junior High, as Middle School was then called, I almost made the school soccer team. I say almost because I was with the team long enough to be included in the photo for the local newspaper but did not make the final cut. As a soccer player there were other players who functioned better than I did.
Yes, if a child engages in serious self injury that is an indication of functioning level in the real world. If Astrid can, like Amanda Baggs, author a blog and discuss abstract concepts then yes those are indications of high functioning levels. My 14 year old son with Autistic Disorder and intellectual disabilities is low functioning. He requires adult supervision. He can not be left to walk unattended down neighborhood streets because he does not fully understand the risks the world presents. If I were to allow him to do so then I would be knowingly putting his life at risk. If someone can attend college and study psychology, or master the challenging work environment at Canada Post and become an autism researcher, or attend a college for gifted youths, then they function better in the real world than someone who, at the same age, is still reading Dr. Seuss and watching Dora the Explorer.
Neurodiversity ideologues want to tell parents how to talk about our child's autism disorders. Do not talk about curing autism. Do not call autism a disorder. Do not suggest there is any connection between autism and intellectual disability. Do not talk about functioning levels.
No Astrid you are not like my son in your functioning levels. He can not author blog sites about autism and does not understand what the word autism means. Astrid is against Autism Dichotomy. I am against Astrid, and other very high functioning persons, trying to equate their life and their challenges with my son's.
Speak for yourself Astrid and stop trying to dictate to parents of autistic children how we should discuss our children and their challenges.