When I think about the term Aspergers I can see how it is problematic and it is troubling to me for sure.
But it was also kind of the bridge that took me to understanding that I am autistic and what autism is. For better or for worse, I had a very different idea about what autism was before I was diagnosed. I did not see myself in that picture.
Now that I am more aware and have better knowledge and insight I can see that it is a broad spectrum and that the terms high and low functioning can be understood as a ranking based on perceived social value, which is like I said problematic and troubling.
But I find myself using it nonetheless because after years of masking and basically using smoke and mirrors to convince the world that I am NT, it is helpful in getting people to see that yes, I am autistic, because their knowledge is also limited. I guess it’s pretty lazy on my part, unless I want to sit down and have a real conversation with others about it - which I absolutely am open to doing (and have done) but not everyone wants to have that conversation.
I do feel like it can be that bridge, but I hope it is temporary and the elimination from the DSM will bring about greater understanding about the spectrum as a whole and autism in its many forms.