“Person first language (“person with autism”) aims to put the person before their disability. In contrast, “identity first language” (“autistic person”), which is favoured by many autistic people, reflects the belief that being autistic is a core part of a person’s identity. Similar examples of “identity first” language can be found in the Blind and Deaf communities, respectively.
Some people have strong preferences about their language choices, while others do not and use terms interchangeably. Regardless of your own choices, it’s important to respect that everyone has their own opinion and preferred way of communicating.
There are many blog pieces and articles dedicated to the subject of which language choice is more suitable, correct, acceptable or better. Whilst we can appreciate both sides of the argument, we believe in using them interchangeably throughout all our communication.