Is the phrase "exceptional" itself a bit traumatizing? Like, you're not good enough as you are? I know it's just marketing material. And it's "obviously" not meant to disparage others. But, very seriously, language like that is arguably a part of culture that serves to worsen mental health issues.
This is a conversation that we have been having for an extended period of time. The position used to be called "special education," which my district has now moved to exceptional education. I am curious, what does your field/school call it?
@Mathew Portell Thanks for the clarification. I've never heard the term "exceptional education" as a stand-in for "special education", so I just though you were using that adjective for any generic teacher role. I very much misunderstood.
I can't say I have expertise in the terminology but it is nice to hear conversations being had. One group I can recommend is Neuroclastic (www.neuroclastic.com). They also have an active Facebook group. They may have some #ActuallyAutistic comments and are very active in disability and non-normative justice topics.
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