Why I Prefer Identity-First Language

I’m Autistic, Not “On The Spectrum”

Why I prefer identity-first language

First off, I am newly-diagnosed, so I am still learning about myself and about the wider neurodivergent community.

Secondly, I speak only for myself. Autistic people are not a homogenous group, there exist a variety of perspectives, opinions, and experiences amongst individuals. I do not speak for others.

It’s up to the individual to decide what terminology they feel fits them best, so please respect that person’s choice.

If you think of a bell curve, approximately 5% of the population are considered outliers. Well, approximately 6–9% of people are thought to have ADHD, it’s estimated 2–3% of people are Autistic, and only 2.5% of the population is considered highly or profoundly gifted.

So why are some neurotypes valued and idealized, while others are considered less-than?

No really, I’m asking.

Read my article on Artfully Autistic.

Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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