Gavin Bollard at Life With Aspergers offers a fascinating interview with Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg. She is the author of The Uncharted Path and has her own superb blog called Journeys With Autism. Their conversation is insightful, especially regarding labels:
"High-functioning" and "low-functioning" are overly simplistic and two-dimensional words. They can mean so many things to so many people. It's much more important to talk about people's abilities and needs: Is a person able to speak? If so, how is this ability affected by stress, or noise, or upset to routine? If not, what kinds of alternative forms of communication are available? What tasks is a person able to do independently? What are the tasks with which a person needs assistance? These are the really important questions.
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