Many Autistics have higher than average measured IQ, and many Autistics have measured IQ that falls right into the median, while still others have an intellectual or cognitive disability.Some Autistics have dyscalculia or similar learning disabilities, and actually find math to be extremely difficult.
Many Autistic adults take issue with the "high-functioning" and "low-functioning" labels for a variety of reasons.
Some people have received both labels but at different times in their lives, and many Autistics have very uneven skill levels -- some people who might be able to articulate their ideas very well at a conference may be unable to travel alone or cook for themselves, while some people who are unable to communicate with oral speech might be able to live independently.
The r-word is often used to express hatred for people with disabilities. While this is rarely said to Autistic people whose disability is very visible, it is very frequently said to Autistic people with much more invisible disability.
It's insulting because it suggests that because the person doesn't appear to be disabled or doesn't fit preconceptions of what Autistic people are supposed to sound or act like, that person must therefore not have a disability or be Autistic.
This list is meant to describe common things that strangers, out of context (i.e.
when not invited, and when inappropriate), often say to me and many other autistic people right after finding out that we're autistic, and that, because they are said so frequently, can get tiresome and frustrating to hear over and over again even if the person saying it had no bad intent.
It's not about being politically correct or avoiding being offensive ...
it's about basic respect, and knowing that some questions are better off not asked, and other questions shouldn't be asked before you've even gotten a chance to know a person. 2012: After receiving a slice of humble pie over the anonymity of the internet for language that was interpreted as cissexist, binarist, and inaccurate, I've revised the language in number 13.
Especially in those cases, people might not understand why these can be so offensive and hurtful, and occasionally insist that what they're saying is a compliment, even when it's not.
Factually speaking, Autistic people in many cases do not have an intellectual or cognitive disability, and many people with intellectual or cognitive disabilities are not also Autistic.
What makes Autistic people a group united by a shared diagnosis are the commonalities of all Autistic people. Other Autistic people are never taught about sex, for a variety of reasons.