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I came across this quote from Laura on Alex Lowery's website. Simple yet completely right in my opinion. Years ago, when all of this was new to me I came to think that high functioning and low functioning diagnosis was down to whether a person is verbal or non-verbal. This was my experience of seeing such diagnosis, it didnt feel right then and it doesnt now. so this quote really rang true with me.
As we currently live in a society governed by tests and results with assesments for 'disabilities as well as abilities in all genres of existence, from school to work to hobbies.. The need for such labels such as high functioning (HFA) and low functioning (LFA) are still present.
As a parent I have been asked this many times, when I say Jeorge has autism, many have automatically asked, 'Is he high or low functioning?' to my amazement. It seemed so rude, imagine if I was introduced to a non-autistic person and asked if they were low or high functioning! It doesn't actually mean anything at all. Well it means someone has assessed a person within a certain criteria of which is set into a number of questions. Scores are added up and bingo, easy, you are HFA or LFA bla, bla. Imagine being told this as a parent or even more so the autistic person?