The Identity-First campaign is run by autistics, working to collaborate the voices and concerns from within the autistic community about the language and attitudes used to describe us. 


At identity-first autistic: 


  • We believe every individuals has the right to chose the language used about them. 

  • We believe in autistic inclusion on all autistic matters 'Nothing about us without us'.

  • We support the neurodiversity paradigm and follow the social model of disability. 

  • We are against the use of 'functioning labels' and non neutral expressions such as 'suffers with'. 

  • We are anti 'cure culture' and against abusive/conformist therapies or treatments such as the use of restraints, seclusion, ABA, electric shocks, CDD/MMS. 


At Identity-First Autistic, you can find out why so many autistic people prefer identity-first language and what you can do to support our choices and introduce an Autism Positive approach to your work, writing and life.