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Respected Autism Pioneer Is Actually a Monster

No matter which names are used, the community embraces neurodiversity

When the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders dropped the term “Asperger’s syndrome”, Cook says that she felt as if she had no identity – as quite possibility others felt as well. However, shortly afterwards, individuals among the autism community started to change the way they referred to themselves. “Many people who fondly identified as ‘Aspies’ now were identifying as ‘Auties’, and more recently the community has shifted towards neurodiversity,” said Cook.