Editors Note: I personally think we should be allowed to say autistic child, disabled person etc rather than person with a disability which just sounds cumbersome. We have other articles on the site about the language of disability.


When some people talk about autistic people, they say “autistic people.”  Others say “people with autism.”  Sometimes, these two groups of people argue over which is the “right” thing to say.

Lots of autistic people prefer “autistic person” to “person with autism.”  For them, their autistic brain is a part of them.  It’s not something that was added on or that they just put on in the mornings, the way you might put on a blue shirt.  They want others to notice that their brain is a special part of who they are and an okay part of who they are.

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This article excerpt was sourced from the website Autistic Academic (summary) and the original article can be found at Should I say “autistic person”? or “person with autism”?.

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