To me, as an Autism self-advocate, I feel the word “Autistic” is kinda vague. The word “Autistic” has many different meanings. It can be severe or mild. Noticeable or not as noticeable. Smart or little education. How people perceive Autism is vague as well. People think of Autism as people who are, for lack of a better word…idiotic. Like all they can do is yell and scream and make little to no sense.
Of course, people on the Spectrum know better. The word “Autistic” can be one of two things…or three, depending on your ignorance. It can be specific, vague, or derogatory. Much as it pains me to use this word, people liken being Autistic to being a “retard”. Now I do NOT use that word lightly or casually so it does hurt me to use that word.
How Autism impacts people is both vague and specific. Let me explain what I mean here. It is varied how Autism impacts people, but it impacts each person that has it in a very specific way. How it impacts people reading this, whether it is you personally or someone you know, I would love to hear from you!