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Dorothy Parshall BS: Language question, not a peeve (64* d) RE: BS: Language question, not a peeve 17 Jun 19

Fairly confusing article.

A new friend introduced himself to us, "Hi, I'm Leo... I am a high functioning autistic." Of course, he is Scottish so maybe things are said differently in dif places.

I tried to avoid referring to my self as brain damaged after being environmentally poisoned. But the fact is my differently functioning brain can be a serious disability when I cannot discriminate the sounds people are make; auditory processing disorder is definitely a disability akin to being somewhat deaf. So a spade is a spade; I AM disabled when toxins in the air affect my ability to comprehend language.

On the other hand, a keynote speaker who arrived in a wheelchair - a paraplegic. told us he was not disabled - because he was able to accomplish what he needed to do. I suspect if someone referred to him as disabled, he would gently set them straight.

Fact seems to be that there will always be times when we will not get the right words for a specific person. The words will be changing/evolving. There is no point in getting our knickers in a know over it. Just be kind and gentle, and hope for kind forgiveness!

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