We need to stop seeing autism as some sort of one-dimensional sliding scale. Autism is not a thermometer. It’s not a rating that is “more” or “less”. High-functioning and Low-functioning do not exist in the real world.
Autism is a collection of symptoms and behaviours. Like a sundae bar. You choose your toppings that fit you.
Are you a bipolar extravert that loves socialising, is good at math and bad at remembering time? That’s ONE way to be autistic!
Are you a socially anxious autistic who has meltdowns when your clothes don’t feel right but a genius knowledge of music theory and is great at scheduling? That’s another way to be autistic!
Notice how both of those examples has strengths and weaknesses? Is one more “employable” or “high-functioning” than the other?
There is no one-size-fits-all category or rating for autism.
SUNDAE THEORY IS NOT A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL
SUNDAE THEORY IS NOT EVEN AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF AUTISTIC TRAITS. IT DOES NOT CONTAIN THINGS LIKE SYNAESTHESIA OR OCD
SUNDAE THEORY CONTAINS CO-MORBID AND COMMON OCCURENCE CONDITIONS. NOT ALL AUTISTICS GET HEADACHES. NOT ALL PEOPLE WHO GET HEADACHES ARE AUTISTIC. NOT ALL AUTISTICS ARE ASEXUAL. NOT ALL ASEXUALS ARE AUTISTIC.
SUNDAE THEORY IS METAPHOR, NOT A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL