One of my pet peeves right now on Twitter is non-autistic people who correct articles, essays or tweets that use “autistic” by saying “No, use person with autism instead”. It happens over and over again. And myself and other autistics try to explain why this is harmful to us, but mostly get ignored. So, in this blog post I’m going to gather all the links I have to where autistics have written in this issue, so I don’t have to keep looking for these links every single day.
So, if I have referred you to this link, then I probably recognise that you mean well. You might have learnt that you are supposed to use Person First Language at all times. But I’m afraid you were taught wrong. Most autistics prefer Identity First Language, and have written extensively on why. So, please, if you truly want to help autistic people, read the posts by autistic people in the links in this post. Thank you.
And if you know of any other similar posts, please leave a comment with a link and I’ll add it.
Update: Here’s a piece by a non-autistic person. Their whole blog is fantastic.
Also, if anyone knows who came up with the image below, please let me know so I can credit them. Thanks.