• James Gordon

Actually Autistic Community stands up to be counted!

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

A blow was aimed at the freedoms of Autistic people last night in a Twitter Poll by so called Autism organisation Autism Speaks. It was designed to push their agenda of using person-first language when talking about autism. i.e. 'person with autism' or the 'person has autism'. Despite having been told times beyond counting over many years by the Actually Autistic community that this language attacks their fundamental human rights, this Twitter Poll was still given the go-ahead. Well, how spectacularly it backfired. A huge majority of those polled voted to defend their right to describe themselves as they choose: with identity-first language. i.e. I am Autistic.

Screen shot of an online poll in favour of identity-first language