2E

Have you heard of Twice Exceptional (2E)? While I personally have qualms with the word-choice of this moniker, the term is meant to describe the experience of highly-gifted individuals who also have disabilities. Many spectrumites are 2E. We are highly-skilled in some areas while we face extreme challenges in others. Some examples of 2E experiences might include:

1) High skills in math, science, and the arts while being dyslexic

2) Strong academic/professional achievement while struggling with social interaction

3) Above-average marks on IQ tests while presenting what is perceived as behavior issues due to sensory processing disorders

4) Exemplary output while struggling with executive functioning skills, such as organization and task-initiation

Why is this important? Every person deserves the opportunity to embrace and showcase their talents and skills. Even more, society benefits from the inclusion of everyone’s contributions. Notably, the presense of 2E individuals underscores the need for individualized accommodations, be it at school, home, or work. Lastly, twice-exceptionality has the potential to deconstruct functioning labels. Whether someone is perceived as high- or low-functioning, autistic

Have you heard of Twice Exceptional (2E)? While I personally have qualms with the word-choice of this moniker, the term is meant to describe the experience of highly-gifted individuals who also have disabilities. Many spectrumites are 2E. We are highly-skilled in some areas while we face extreme challenges in others. Some examples of 2E experiences might include:

1) High skills in math, science, and the arts while being dyslexic

2) Strong academic/professional achievement while struggling with social interaction

3) Above-average marks on IQ tests while presenting what is perceived as behavior issues due to sensory processing disorders

4) Exemplary output while struggling with executive functioning skills, such as organization and task-initiation

Why is this important? Every person deserves the opportunity to embrace and showcase their talents and skills. Even more, society benefits from the inclusion of everyone’s contributions. Notably, the presense of 2E individuals underscores the need for individualized accommodations, be it at school, home, or work. Lastly, twice-exceptionality has the potential to deconstruct functioning labels. Whether someone is perceived as high- or low-functioning, autistic people need supports in unique ways in order to flourish.

need supports in unique ways in order to flourish.

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