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Hi, my name is Professorgarbutt!
Firstly, autism need not be classed as a disability. For some it is, for others, especially those with AS, it isn't. It is certainly not a ' psychiatric disorder ', a term used by the New Scientist recently, for which they had to apologise. Although it is true that, thanks to the exposure given to autism over the past two decades, many neurotypical people understand the ramifications of the condition and aren't judgmental, many ill-informed people, particularly those of an older generation, neither tolerate the autistic nor understand the term autism. Obviously, anyone who has researched the condition will recognise if they have the disorder and there is absolutely nothing wrong in self diagnosing. There is an advantage in being labelled with any medical condition. I am diabetic and embrace this classification, even if I hate being diabetic. So why shouldn't those with high functioning autism feel any different.