Anonymous asked: If you don't use functioning labels how do you describe where someone is on the spectrum?
The autism spectrum is not a literal thing. No one is actually located in any specific place on it. It’s a metaphor to convey how autistic traits manifest differently in each person.
quarridors has written a great blog post called Understanding the Spectrum, which uses the color wheel instead of a linear spectrum to explain this concept (and other related concepts) in greater detail.
I have to wonder whether we could try, you know, describing each person’s actual symptoms and their severity; instead of trying to come up with a metaphor everyone likes. Baby steps I guess.
That’s my theory too. Like, saying x person is nonspeaking and needs assistance with y and z daily tasks. That communicates so much more than “low functioning”.