Welcome to Identity-First Autistic

  The campaign to promote the acceptance of

  identity-first language for autistic people. 


As autistic people, we see our neurology as a part of who we are - not a separate addition we shouldn't wish to be identifed with. We are proud to be autistic and believe that using autism positive language will promote equality and acceptance, showing others in society that we should be respected along with our differences, not in spite of them. 


''If you really
need to be reminded that autistic people are people, we've
got a bigger
problem. ''
''I don't
'have' autism;
I am
is not an
The Identity-First campaign is run by autistics, working to collaborate the voices and concerns raised within the autistic community about the language and attitudes used to describe us. 


At Identity-First Autistic: 


  • We believe every individual 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. 


On this site, 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.

Blogs from the autistic community on Identity-First language 

ASAN and Autistic Hoya on Identity-First

Identity and Hypocrisy: A Second Argument Against Person-First Language

"I don’t see you as disabled"

Why I dislike "person first" language - Jim Sinclair


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