Given last Friday’s announcement of the new RJsCorner, where one of my life goals is now to raise the awareness of how people with autism might think differently than most, we are in most respects very much the same as everyone else. To accomplish that I need an uncomplicated moniker for autism that hasn’t been already blemished by too many common misunderstandings.
I know the scientific community is trying to eliminate the term “Aspie/Aspergers”, and replace it with the generic term autism. Click here if you want to see a previous post about that. I know they are also trying to classify the level of autism severity by giving it a number, but I doubt that will make much difference to the layperson. Autism is autism to them, and that is generally perceived as a young child sitting in a corner babbling and twitching. Yes, that level of autism exists but the vast majority of us on the spectrum are quite different from that perceived vision.
Maybe it is time to put the “autism” back into the professionals’ dictionary, and name this neurological characteristic with another word? Neurodivergent kinda rings with me, but someone needs to come up with a shorter tag as Aspie for Aspergers did. From my search on this topic, I found that neurodivergent certainly has lots of neat graphics. 🥸 But then again, Neurodivergent does have kind of a dark ring to it, and probably includes too wide a range for my purposes, and it is much too complicated for those who need to know that the autism spectrum is broad indeed, but not infinite.
I kinda liked the term “Aspie” for my version of autism, so maybe I will just keep using that for now. It wouldn’t be the first time I want against the established experts. Just look at my many posts on RedLetterLiving to see evidence of that!
Maybe I’ll just keep calling myself a Deaf Aspie at least for now. It has a nice ring to it.