is not a dirty word.
''I cannot separate out which parts of my 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, I am autism)'' - Julia Bascom
If you have to say ''person-first'' in order to SEE the person first, that's a bigger problem that needs to be overcome.
''Saying you 'have' something implies that it's temporary and undesirable. Asperger's isn't like that. You've been Aspergian as long as you can remember, and you'll be that way all your life. It's a way of being, not a disease.'' - John Elder Robinson
You can't pick
and choose what part of a person you want to accept, then claim the rest is not really
''I find it more offensive when people assume I will be offended at being called autistic.
Autistic is what I am. If you fear saying it, it sounds like you are afraid of me. ''
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