Who’s normal..?

How do we decide what constitutes a deficiency and what does not? Why should some people with Aspergers and low emotional intelligence be considered dysfunctional, while some neurotypical individuals with low mathematical intelligence are considered to be within cognitive normality? The author advocates for a more accepting model that would include Aspergers’ uniqueness, not as a deficiency but as a simple healthy variation of cognitive normality.

10 things autistic people want others to know about talking to them

People who have autism experience the world differently, and this often makes it harder for them to communicate. This article from The Guardian lists 10 important insights into the challenges autistic people face in social situations, and what we can do to make things easier.


High or low functioning… Should this terminology only apply to people with autism?

This article (in Spanish) considers how the word “functioning” anticipates the capacity of development in people with autism, giving either high or low (never medium!) hope . The author suggests that this is reductive and does not take into account the diversity of people on the spectrum or even outside the spectrum. People without autism do not always “function well” nor do they represent necessarily an ideal to be measured against.

How we function depends a lot on our environment. Before deciding whether a person is high or low functioning, shouldn’t we look first into adapting the environment? Or try to create an environment more accepting of others’ differences?..