Why I Say Autistic

Because that’s what adult autistics do. I know that there’s a huge push for people to use “person-first” language when it comes to disabilities. For things like MS and cancer that’s fine. It’s a person with cancer, not a cancerous person. However, the autism community feels differently. They see it as a core part of who they are- not some horrible disease that exists separate from them. Autism has everything to do with the brain. It is not something that can be separated out. To deny the autism is to deny the person. It is a feeling shared by those in the Deaf community. “There is nothing wrong with us.”

To the Person Cringing Because I Refer to Myself as Autistic

Identity-First Language

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