Functioning labels are bad and shouldn’t be used. I have given explanations about this time and time again, and written my own opinion about it. There are a lot of autistics against them. This is a masterpost collecting some of them. Besides what I have written on the subject which you can search on my blog, here are other posts.
You don’t speak for low-functioning autistics
Please don’t use labels on me – and us
So high functioning (sarcasm)
Don’t “aspie” me
The problem with functioning labels
A true story and a little lesson about functioning labels
He’s so functional
Decoding the high functioning label
Functioning labels are bullshit
“High-functioning” is not reassuring me. It’s reassuring you.
When autistics grade other autistics
High-functioning or low-functioning?
More problems with functioning labels
functioning labels (again!)
“But your’re so high functional! if you had other problems you’d want a cure too!”
So you think we’re “to high-fuctioning”?
the ‘bogeyman’ of the ‘low-fuctioning’