No. The term low functioning is ablist because “low functioning” is a term focused on the abled.

No. The term low functioning is ablist because “low functioning” is a term focused on the abled.

A more honest option is to specify abilities and disabilities. “High” and “low” are dangerous terms for sorting people particularly when there are far better more concrete and pragmatic and realistic and functional terms to use instead.

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Hans Asperger set up the low vs high functioning dichotomy and the notion of “at least they have special gifts” for the high functioning category.
This spared many from being gassed. But it also sent many to be gassed. The “low functioning”.
I don’t know of any other disability set up this way.
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Denial of services because “too costly” is not the same as being gassed in modern society that is true.
They continue to live, outside of the support structure. It’s closer to being banished rather than gassed. But it’s the same grouping based on the needs of the able society only, not about the capabilities of the individual as a human being.
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The problem to me is the flagging is too coarse and not finely grained enough.
One politician will say “fund!” another “do not fund!” but it is the same group whether it is nazi germany or usa 2021 as long as those same groupings are used.
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I’m asking them to pay attention to the severity.
Calling “low” vs “high” is ignoring the severity and is a vague economic grouping.
What the post is calling for is better more descriptive more USEFUL terms that are patient centered and services can be rolled up as needed from there.
But a top down vague “low”=expensive “high”=cheap is not addressing the severity of the disability but bang for the buck.
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Can you see the shift in focus by using Level 1 2 3 vs “low functioning” and “high functioning”?
It’s more than a word change. It’s about being more specific.
what thought of as “low” is referred to as Level 3.
What was “high” is referred to as “Level 1″.
But now there is a Level 2.
Look at the distinction between Asperger’s and PDD-NOS. One is Level 1, the other is 1 or 2 and neither are 3.
With this levels system, better care is possible and economic can still play a part but it’s no longer the main focal point anymore.
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