Identity First Language

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.

Autistic Hoya part 1
Autistic Hoya part 2
Jim Sinclair
Identity First Autistic
Amy Sequenzia
Musings of an Aspie
Just Stimming
Alyssa Hillary
Ryan Boren

Autistic On Wheels

Mama Pineapple

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.

Update: Autistic On Wheels has a comprehensive list here

Also, if anyone knows who came up with the image below, please let me know so I can credit them. Thanks.


  1. I agree, it’s so annoying. I get tired of having to explain it too so this post is great. I just went to get a link for the blog post on this which I was sure I’d written about but I can’t find it, now I’m confused and wondering if I did actually write one (laughs). Guess I’ll have to write ‘another’ lol

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  2. Is it alright to link to this post when it gets too exhausting to explain over and over? Thank you for writing this. It’s so frustrating that language choice is so heavily influenced by people whom the language doesn’t directly affect.


  3. You can find a bunch more by typing “Identity First” into the custom search engine linked from the Actually Autistic Blogs List (
    Also, please click on the “How do you want your blog listed?” link at the top of that site to customize your blog’s description on that list.
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)


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