Wording & Terminology Surrounding Autism
- Words and language are powerful tools by that we as people use to express ideas.
- Words and the meanings we attach to these words very much impact, influence, and change the attitudes that we have towards the subject of any discussion.
- This is why people may be insulted or upset by your choice of words.
- Changing a phrase even if it holds the same literal meaning may communicate a different meaning and context than the original phrasing.
- Terminology surrounding “Autism” brings forth the following disagreement.
- Person-first: (my son has autism) This approach does not define someone by their diagnosis.
- Identity-first: (my son is autistic): This approach of describing someone as autistic is that it's an inherent part of their identity and something to be proud of.
- Many people in the autism community prefer terminology such as “person with autism,” because they do not consider autism to be part of an individual’s identity.
They want “person-first language,” that puts “person” before any identifier such as “autism,” in order to emphasize the person.
- Many individuals in the Autistic community prefer terminology such as “Autistic,” “Autistic person,” or “Autistic individual” because autism is understood as an inherent part of an individual’s identity the same way one refers to" “a very funny person”
Terminology for Thinking Toys:
- Terminology surrounding various “disabilities” will provide many discussion points. We at Thinking Toys are very mindful of this.
- We are very mindful of everyone’s thoughts and feelings and would love to be educated regarding terminology surrounding all disabilities.
- If we ever do offend please do message Thinking Toys on Instagram or Facebook and educate us for future social media interactions.