The terminology on this website reflects views stated within the Scottish Strategy for Autism:
“It is important to explain the choice of language and terminology used because the complex nature of the autism spectrum gives rise to a range of personal and professional perspectives. This means that it is not easy to find a common language that reflects the views of the various groups.
….we recognise there is need to be sensitive about the use of words like ‘disorder’ or ‘impairment’. These are clinical terms that are understood in those settings and included in sections of that nature.”
These terms may also be included within some resources.
The term ‘autism’ is being used on the website to refer to all individuals on the autism spectrum.