9 Things People With Autism Wish You Knew

“What is it like to have autism?” “What do you wish people knew about life on the autism spectrum?” “What misconceptions do people have about the disorder?” These are valid questions often asked by neurotypical (NT) individuals, friends, and even family members. But the very nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – being a spectrum – means that the disorder …

Why the Autism Community Needs to Ditch the Terms “High-Functioning” and “Low-Functioning”

When we talk about autism, we often throw around terms like “high-functioning” and “low-functioning” to distinguish between severities. However, these phrases are not actual diagnostic terms. They’re mostly used by teachers, therapists, parents, and others as a shorthand way to describe how severely a person on the spectrum is affected. In spite of the fact that functioning labels are used ubiquitously, …

11 Things Not to Say to Someone with Autism

Although autism awareness and acceptance has increased over the years, people on the spectrum still find themselves faced with questions and comments that make them confused or uncomfortable at best, offended at worst. Those who say them often don’t mean to come across as rude or disrespectful; they just don’t know better or understand what others find hurtful. That’s why …