I can very much identify with this .
When I think of high functioning autism I still think of the person struggling with everyday life. Just like a high functioning person with downs may have an IQ I the 70s. It’s still low IQ but higher than many people with downs. And people with autism can have high IQs and in some ways function very well, whereas others are completely 100% disabled. When I was a teen everyone knew me as the babysitter for all the autistic kids in the area. There were some that, comparatively speaking, were high functioning.
Someone on Wrong planet has suggested the term should be used for those on the spectrum without intellectual disability, who do not struggle with daily living skills but have occasional problems with social skills.
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