Blogs and articles on identity-first language by autistic writers and allies.

ASAN and Autistic Hoya on Identity-First

At the Adult Services Subcommittee’s final meeting last Wednesday, much to do was made about semantic disagreements — “ASD individual” versus “individual with ASD,” and of course, the dreaded “person with autism” or “person who has autism” versus “autistic person.” These issues of semantics are hot button issues, and rightfully so...

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

I keep being reminded of the philosophy behind “person-first language,” which I have discussed and critiqued at length in a previous article. Let me now ask a different set of questions and explore a different set of arguments, which I have not heretofore had the opportunity to present...

"I don’t see you as disabled"

I think that most people with disabilities have heard many people say, “I don’t see you as disabled!” in a tone that implies that this is a compliment.

It’s a strange thing to say. It’s especially strange since they will say that about even the most conspicuously and stereotypically disabled people. It sounds like an obvious lie...

Why I dislike "person first" language - Jim Sinclair

I am not a "person with autism."   I am an autistic person.  Why does this distinction matter to me?  

1) Saying "person with autism" suggests that the autism can be separated from the person.  But this is not the case.  I can be separated from things that are not part of me, and I am still be the same person.  I am usually a "person with a purple shirt," but I could also be a "person with a blue shirt" one day...

The Logical Fallacy of Person First Language -Cynthia Kim

The problems with person first language have been talked about extensively in the autistic community. Many autistic people have expressed a strong, explicit preference for identity first language. And yet, we’re still treated to comments like this one (paraphrased from a comment on another blog)...

Dear “Autism Parents”

I don’t have autism. I am autistic. This is important to me. It also doesn’t mean that I “see myself as a disability first and a person second,” whatever that is supposed to mean. In my eyes, I’m Julia. Just Julia. I cannot separate out which parts of me brain are wired because baby I was born this way and which parts of my brain should be marked off as AUTISM. Nor do I particularly care, to be honest. I am Julia, and a significant fraction of Julia is autism (and thus, via the transitive property,

Aspitude! Autism-First Language

Aspitude: Autism. Autistic community. Deafness. Dignity. Disability Rights. Neurodiversity. Nothing About Us Without Us! Self-advocacy: taking control over one's life and the public dialogue related to one's community.

A Diary Of A Mom - Person First

If you were to sit down and read Diary from its inception back in 2008, I’m sure that you’d notice some pretty dramatic changes. For one thing, the writing itself is a whole lot less formal than it used to be. I used to think I was writing a college essay every time that I sat down in front of the computer. “For one thing” would have been, oh, I don’t know, “Firstly …

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