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There's this bizarre assumption about the #ActuallyAutistic that "functioning levels" are:

1. A characteristic of the autism.
2. Fixed. Immutable.
3. Something you can gauge from superficial details on twitter.
4. Prevents commentary.

Buckle in, let's talk about these.
First, to address (1), there is no such thing as "High Functioning Autism" or "Low Functioning Autism." These terms literally come out of the attempts to define us into the groups "almost human" and "not human." They have no place in modern discussions…
None. Zip. Zero. Drop them from your vocabulary.

There's some people running around with legacy diagnosis and that's a separate conversation, but for the purposes of modern discourse:

* There's no such thing as "severely autistic."
* There's no such thing as HFA or LFA.
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