i do not have neurotypicalism: where person-first language fails

Love this, and love the resources that connect to the autistic bloggers! 1. Respect the choice of the PERSON, first (Irony 😉 2. If you have to SAY “person first” to SEE the person? You’ve got bigger issues that need dealing with.

a diary of a mom


{image is a photo of a woman who is not me shouting from a rooftop, presumably because she just realized that she doesn’t have neurotypicalism either}

“So just as one can be described as Jewish or Catholic or gay without taking away from any of the other possible descriptors, they can also be described as autistic and still be thousands of other things too. The word doesn’t negate the rest of a human being, it simply acknowledges and validates the reality of that person’s experience.”

Person First, Diary, 2012

“Yet, when we say “Autistic person,” we recognize, affirm, and validate an individual’s identity as an Autistic person. We recognize the value and worth of that individual as an Autistic person — that being Autistic is not a condition absolutely irreconcilable with regarding people as inherently valuable and worth something. We affirm the individual’s potential to grow and mature, to overcome…

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