they’ve already abandoned “low functioning autism” as a term and we should too.
“high functioning” is also on its way out for more descriptive terms.
the connection in autism to hans asperger using it as terms to describe who should be allowed to live in the nazi state and who could be gassed, despite reworking it for modern administrative financial organizational needs doesn’t take it away
i remember a doctors assistant using the phrase “obvious has no quality of life” in a situation that could affect decision making and thankfully we caught it
also non verbal doesn’t mean non communicative.
back in 1993-4 when I was volunteering full-time for the cerebral palsy center, One of my favorite tasks was setting up computers that helped the nonverbal people communicate.
calling someone who can’t speak “low functioning” is ridiculous because there are many means of communication.