Etymology: L, dis, apart, ordo, rank / Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.
a disruption of, or interference with, normal functions or established systems, as a mental disorder or nutritional disorder.
Sometimes going back to definitions of commonly used words provides insight, in this case the phrase “normal functions or established systems” points to an important pair of questions: Who gets to define “normal” functioning? Who gets to establish systems?
Obviously it’s not Asperger children and adults! We have our own type of brain, which functions in ways that are “normal” for us. Concrete, detailed, fact-based, integrated with physical reality – often predominantly visual or mathematical language users. Individual, not social; introverted with the ability to focus on interests and learning, plus a WIDE WORLD of nature, science and art occupies our lives.
I don’t know what it will take to get social people to see that we have our normal functions and established systems. It is the social world that presents chaos, broken systems, myopic opinions, brutality and injustice and intolerance of variety.