I am a non-speaking autistic.
All the other names are totally inaccurate and could be offensive.
Non-verbal is inaccurate if you take the time to look up what it means – that I don’t communicate using language – 100% I talk by writing out words, by pointing to letters or typing.
Low-functioning is inaccurate and insulting. I am unilaterally much higher functioning in many areas than a great percentage of humans.
100% calling me anything other than Jordyn is rude. Autism is a part of me and I am not a diagnosis or a label. Do I call you diabetic or be all over your parents about why you are behaving rudely?
I know I am ranting to the choir, and I’m asking you to please educate those around you. Labels and diagnoses are not an appropriate way to talk about someone. I am smart, funny, spiritual, strong, and a non-speaking autistic.