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  • Writer's pictureRae Sabine

How to talk about autism

How to talk about autism:

Describing someone as a “person with autism” can be likened to referring to someone as a “person with a headache.” Autism should not be viewed as a separate entity from the autistic person, but rather as an inherent aspect of their identity, similar to being a woman. Just as we wouldn’t say “person with womanhood,” it is more fitting to use the term “woman”.

X person with autism -> autistic, autistic person

X high-functioning, low-functioning -> has specific support needs

X at risk of being autistic -> may be autistic

X autism disorder -> autistic, autism

X normal person -> non-autistic, allistic

How to talk about autism from Rae Sabine

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