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Fiona O’Leary (Letters, August 19) expresses frustration with UCC referring to autism as a disease rather than a condition. This is just playing with words, in my opinion.
I’m old enough to remember when we were allowed to say that a person was handicapped or crippled. These descriptions are no longer fashionable and are now even considered insulting.
I can also recall a mother who was misled by changes in terminology - she proudly stated a doctor had told her that her child wasn’t brain damaged; he just had severe learning difficulties.
Let’s get away from worrying about terminology and concentrate on the treatment, management and improvement of the lives of the people who need our help.
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