Person First & Identity First Language

Important considerations to keep in mind… please take note that most of the anthology writers refer to themselves as “Autistic” (identity-first language) while others say “on the spectrum” or “has autism” (person-first language).

As an organization, AWN has adopted identity-first language; however, we believe that people have the right to choose how they personally identify; therefore, you will notice a mixture of how the writers refer to themselves. We ask that you are respectful in recognizing and affirming each person’s chosen language.

If identity-first language is new to you, and if you have questions as to why many Autistic people choose this instead of person-first language, please see the following links for recommended reading on this subject:

I is for Identity-first Language

Why Person-First Language Doesn’t Always Put the Person First