I've been wondering, since I honestly believe that Autism is not a "disorder" but instead is a different kind of neurology, where that leaves me in terms of calling it a disability.
I have tried to identify key things that make an Autistic person different, and then figure out what is behind each thing that is actually in common with a person who is not Autistic (or a "person lacking Autism" which is a phrase I read this week, and L O V E).
So, if (in the case of my kids)......
Meltdowns = not having sensory regulation needs met
Not wanting heaps of social contact = introvert
Struggling to keep pace at school= system designed in a way that doesn't suit his/her learning style
Stimming= society believes some stims are inappropriate based on some arbitrarily decided-by-no-one-in-particular set of constructs
Then I come to this.....
Theory- autism is not so much a disability in itself, but society disables Autistic people by being unwilling >to accept some differences as part of the normal or >make accommodations to support their needs.