By Ihatepants - 01/09/2016 01:37 - United States - Wrightsville
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35 they don't use the term mental retardation anymore barrimg imsults. its no longer used in professional settings. And many autistic people have average or above average intelligence when it comes to book smarts. mostly lack in the common sense / social skills / communication department. they are like normal people trapped with a miswired brain rather than anything akin to downs syndrome or anything that would make you act like you an age much younger than you actually are. the common trait of flapping arms around and such falls under communication issues with people in the autistic spectrum . hence why the now defunct term mental retardation came to be. the most common term not is either the specific learning disability or disorder that affects the patient or simply intellectually handicapped. and they are not nonintelligent enough that they don't know retard or mental retardation is an insult. it's mostly use by teens and younger as such. maybe adults too whom were children when the phrase was new and "hip". but in any case they know and thus the term is very hurtful. even for autistic children. it's even worse probably because they can't vocalize the hurt well if at all.. p.s. autistic people can use the Internet pretty well. this includes ones whom are low functioning in real life. not all. but many.
I wasn't actually even referring to autism in general. Most disabilities that fall under the autistic spectrum aren't even severe enough to use the term mental retardation, that mostly is just for those with learning disabilities. But I believe most people just associate autism with Down's Syndrome, thus the generalization.
How do you go a full day without noticing? I would think that you'd notice if you went to the bathroom etc.
"Why, yes they are, son. Thanks for focusing on my pants more than anybody else all day… Wait. Just, thanks for pointing it out."