/ FRI NIGHT VID: 100% Myself - The Old Man of Stoer
It's the third time i've heard "mild" applied to autism. My own experience, the girl in the video and i read it recently as a subheading in Mike Stanton's book on autism (2000). Seems a relatively common reaction.
Also from my experience it can not only be slightly dismissive but outright sinister. Climbing is no longer an escape for me here on the sandstone. I seem to be locked in a cage with my tormentor and his many sycophantic followers. My tormentor is a person of influence, locally at least, and assuming he was correct in his initial "diagnosis" then how am I to negotiate the social mire that he has placed before me. The character assassination that i have endured over the past 6 or 7 years since his pronouncement of "mildly autistic" has been as impressive as it has been effective.
Probably no point, i just thought i'd share my experience.
> Anybody else heard the "mildly autistic" thing before? Coming to the conclusion that it's quite a common reaction...
It's one of those things that depends on context. Generally, though, "mild" is not something you would want to use to describe a condition that so significantly affects an individuals life without risking causing offence. I would expect most of the time it's just used casually by people who know little about the condition to differentiate from what they understand to be autism (the Kanner end of the spectrum) and the more high-functioning end (like the young lady in this video). Generally, I would think people don't mean offence by using it, they just don't realise how hard life can be for even those at the high-functioning end especially when they're in their teens and twenties.
As for the video, I thought it was good.
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