A Word On Words

Counting the Ways

Since I’ve been blogging for over a year now, I thought it was time I laid out my position on the various autism-related words I’ve been using. This is also partly in reaction to a post on the Liberty of Thinking blog, and this post on Autism and Expectations, but also in general to all the other posts out there that deal with the language surrounding autism.

You might have noticed that I have employed the terms autism/autistic and Asperger’s interchangeably. That is mainly because they would all apply to me. If I had a diagnosis, it would almost certainly be Asperger’s, or Autism (Asperger’s type) or however the medical authorities in the country where I reside would term it (depending on whether they apply the DSM-V or not). It is also because I don’t want to drive a wedge between the two.

In the aforementioned post on Liberty of…

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