Autistic, Allistic, Neurodiverse, and Neurotypical: Say what?

I come into contact with a number of people who are anti-label (a discussion for another time), and during my wonderful and insightful conversations with these individuals, it becomes difficult to use the terminology that is so often used in the autism and disability communities. This is because questions such as, “What is normal?” or “What is typical?” often come up. Maybe in the future we can all get along and accept varied human experience while also providing the help people need without using labels, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say we aren’t there yet, and the terminology has an important role right now.

Cracked Mirror in Shalott

Coming into the neurodiversity movement, there are some terms that a new person might not be familiar with. I’ve been seeing a lot of questions about some of them, and some misunderstandings about them as well, so it is perhaps time for writing something on these terms.

If you are reading this blog, I’m assuming that you know what Autistic means in a general way. Some of you might still hold some misconceptions about autistic life, but I believe that to be a part of the learning process. You are reading Autistic voices either here or on the blogs of other Autistics, hopefully learning from it, and that is what matters.

You’ll notice that I use “autistic” rather than “person with autism” throughout. This is intentional. The basic idea is that my being is autistic- the patterns my brain form thoughts in, the essentials of the way I perceive and…

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