The notion of value based on societal standards that are set in place in order to distinguish who is a “functioning” individual is extremely unfair to those who are able to function or deeply relate to their surroundings, but do so differently than as defined by those standards. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, there are different degrees to which those who have autism are able to navigate socially constructed normativities. These posed social barriers may prove to be more or less of a hindrance for some based on an individual’s capability of “surmounting” them. Placing value on judgements of who is “normal” based on how well people are able to function within societal bounds can be understood as a restriction that stems from socially driven short-sightedness. Our society as it is currently constructed is not particularly suited for those who are differently abled. Were these circumstances to change, then those who are affected would not be perceived as having deficits.Amanda Baggs’s demonstration of language as interaction between the self and one’s surroundings speaks to the notion that this type of experience cannot be well defined by societal “norms;” it is not necessarily meant to be communicated outwardly or for the benefit of others. By “being in a constant conversation with every aspect of her environment, reacting physically to all parts of her surroundings,” Baggs is able to respond to her surroundings through her own, natural way of thinking, though it may not necessarily align with standardized concepts of “normal” interaction (Baggs, 2007). Baggs, as an example, is not a disabled or disadvantaged individual, but is differently abled and capable of perceiving the nuances of her surroundings in unique ways. She is intelligent and cognent of her circumstances and their perception; her message on the individuality of communication with one’s surroundings is incredibly powerful.There are a multitude of ways for individuals to think and experience and live. They’re equally valuable; though general, normalized interaction may be more difficult to achieve under certain circumstances, those barriers do not lessen the importance of an individual’s existence or experiences. Shifts in complex attentional and prioritizing mechanisms may come across as deficits in cognitive domains. Were more information to be provided about the actual, legitimate experiences and cognitive abilities of affected individuals, stigma could be lessened, and social functionality may be perceived in a more subjective light.