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Study Calls For End To ‘High Functioning Autism’ Label

[Source: Disability Scoop]

A term often used in both clinical and social settings to denote the capabilities of individuals on the autism spectrum should be consigned to the history books, researchers say.

“High functioning autism” is a misnomer, according to findings published recently in the journal Autism, and creates false assumptions.

While originally used to describe people who have autism without intellectual disability, the public generally perceives those described this way as being free of significant challenges, researchers say, and that can be dangerous.

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