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This is the comment on Person-First I wrote
One thing though- the Autistic Rights Movement uses the noun “Autistics” (capitalized) instead of the person first model. Part of it is that a number of the Autistics involved survived having abusive measures taken in the name of “treatment” to separate us from obvious signs of our disability, including our own self calming and self stimulating behavior.
My Friend Lydia recently wrote an excellent post about the issue, if I may:
And of course, there’s Jim Sinclair, who has written some of the founding Autistic Rights essays. (I don’t think enough people know how much Xir work has contributed to the budding Autistic Culture.):
It’s hilarious how i’m in a theories of feminism class and they are talking about language and how that cripples people and defines them. No i’m up for that, that’s great I agree but they keep saying “disabled people”, “disabled group”. Hmmmmm CONTRADICTORY MUCH!!! In my humble opinion I don’t understand why we are talking about disability and homosexuality as parallels. I hate when people compare “struggles”. Yeah being gay in this society is like being black in the 1800’s. What? Anyway, back to my original rant, please let’s respect people with disabilities and call them PEOPLE first and not define them by their disabilities. Not an “autistic child” but a “child with autism” not a “deaf child” but a “child with an hearing impediment”.