It all comes down to preference and identity
Despite its negative association with the doctor, Asperger is also a term that gave a vast number of individuals a true understanding of who they are, answers to questions about social acceptance, and a tribe to connect and grow with – in knowing that they are not alone. Of course, the future of the term is open to interpretation based on each individual’s viewpoint. Many take pride in the term as part of their identity and no historical revelations will change that.
Others, however, have already begun switching to ‘autism’ or ‘autism spectrum disorder’ as a way to describe their diagnosis. Still, experts state that no individual with an Asperger’s diagnosis should feel tainted by the uncovered troubling history. “We will be listening closely to the response to this news so we can continue to make sure the language we use to describe autism reflects the preferences of autistic people and their families,” said Carol Povey, director of the Centre of Autism at the National Autistic Society.