Descriptive Words Matter

“What do I say? Autistic person or person with autism?” There is no blanket answer for this! If you’re on the spectrum, say whichever makes you feel the most comfortable. I constantly switch between the two. If you are not on the spectrum, my personal opinion is that “person with autism” would be the best. Why? Phrases like “person with autism” underscore through words that ASD doesn’t define a person, as it would if autism was stated first as in “autistic person.” Think of it as the difference between saying “That disabled girl” versus “This girl has a disability.”

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