Someone said this on another thread, and it's got me thinking.
I know that the new criteria (American not ours!) has done away with Aspergers as a dx and lumped everyone together under one dx "Autism" or is it ASD?
I personally like the separation of facets of the disability, so that someone with what we would have called HFA is now described as Autistic and Language disordered (mild, moderate or severe) and presumably someone with AS would now be described as Autistic with perhaps semantic pragmatic disorder.
I don't see AS as mild Autism, but I do see it as Autism without the very real problems brought on by more extreme communication difficulties. That's not saying it is necessarily easier or harder just a different presentation.