It is not always about what is technically correct, but more about what will better promote understanding.
Sorry, Robert, but this post is only from my second favorite aspie. My very favorite aspie turns twelve this month, and as frustrated as I get at times, I would never “fix” his uniqueness. I have been blessed with a gem, a treasure.
Hazmat is ready!
A couple weeks ago, a couple news agencies earned some Internet ire over their use of the term disease when referring to autism spectrum disorders. (See here for one example that has been since updated to remove the language.) Immediately, I saw my Twitter feed fill up with individuals decrying use of the term in reference to autism, but, objectively speaking, is the criticism justified?
Just the Facts
Following the highly scientific method of asking Google to define disease for me brought up the following definition:
- a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, esp. one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.
- a particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people.
Furthermore, Wikipedia’s entry on disease says the following…
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