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.
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.
The older GAF or modern WHODAS 2.0 look at the whole picture of someone's life along _multiple axes_. They aren't autism-specific; there's no "high" or "low" who.int/classification…
They _certainly_ change between childhood and adulthood.
Well, no. I'm an adult.
I've had 30+ years on that child to figure out things like how to navigate social spaces, experience with tech, etc.
Doesn't render them "HFA."
I hope that you, dear #allistic adult, are more "functional" than _you_ were at 7 (or 12, or 17) years old.
We don't call you "high functioning" now and "low functioning" when you were 7. We call you a kid
Especially compared to a neurotypical or allistic baseline, especially with allistics.
I have learned, however. I'm an adult. These things happen.
I have no idea where this idea came from that the ability to speak coherently on an asynchronous medium with limited character counts has anything whatsoever to do with functioning levels, but here we are.
Not even slightly.
You can't infer these details from twitter, stop trying.
There are also different forms of autism that see eye-to-eye, but which interface with the world _very_ differently and thus suffer different levels of disability.
You see none of that. Even in person
If I don't, then you as a "high functioning allistic" most certainly don't.
But beyond that…
Or, in some cases, "you are violating their privacy," which has nothing to do with autism.
Autistic: "Did you gain informed consent from your kid?"
Adult: "Of course not."
Autistic: "That is bad and you should feel bad."
Adult: "YOU ARE HIGH FUNCTIONING HOW CAN YOU KNOW WHAT THEY WANT."
We saw this pattern of behavior about medical power of attorney for sterilization purposes of someone over 18.
At which point, it's just wrong. Autism doesn't really enter
We are not allowed to speak for our own community. Allistic people are.
Perhaps that indicates something you, dear #allistics, should address before talking about "functioning" of strangers.