"Autistic" VS "Has Autism" Is this debate still going on?!
June 25, 2012
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June 25, 2012
Is this silly debate about saying someone “has autism” vs saying someone “is autistic” STILL going on?!
I use them pretty interchangeably on my FB page and on my blog, but I’ll ready admit that I usually say my son “has autism.”
It seems to me like parents of low functioning ASD kids prefer “has autism” while highly functioning & aspergers folks prefer that they “are autistic.”
People have tried to suck me into the debate from time to time or made a comment on the page or blog complaining that I’m using the wrong phrase no matter which way I go.
I really don’t care to get sucked into the debate….I really dont care what you call it. It truly doesn’t bother me either way..
I thnk the reason i usually say that my son “has autism” is that I readily admit that I think of it as a disorder, something that I would give back in a heartbeat. (I wrote about giving it back in an old post that you can read HERE)
Anyway, the same way you say “she has cancer” I say “Kyle has autism”. It doesn’t define him as a person, it’s just something that he has and he has to live with and fight…the same way you fight cancer.
I think the high functioning and aspergers “autistics” prefer autistic because they feel that their autism is an integral part of who they are. And that they’d be a completely different, and not necessarily better person without their autism.
And that may be true for them but if that’s true for them then they are truly dealing with almost a completely different type of autism then my son.
My son has severe / classic autism (there i go again, notice how I didn’t say “he is severely autistic”). Anyway I’ve said in other blog posts I truly feel like without his autism I’d still have the SAME kid with the SAME personality but without the autism he could talk, and he wouldn’t have seizures, etc, etc, etc.
I can think of a million things that the disorder that he has which is called autism prevents him from doing but talking, hell communicating in any way tops the list!
And if your an autistic person and you take offense that I think of my sons autism as a disorder I point you to Carly Fleischmann. She is non verbal and classically autistic but she writes about the struggles she has to deal with and how she wants to talk so badly yet cant because of her autism and she writes about some of her sensory issues and how because of her autism she sometimes feels like she has ants crawling over her body. It sounds like she’d give back her autism if given the chance.
That’s all i got. As usual I’m rambling so I’ll end it here.
And I’m sure this post will start a huge debate but that was not my intent. I think we can live with both terms and if you are autistic I can see your point of view and I hope you can understand my point of view on this issue.
That’s all. The end.
Go in peace…
Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).