We use identity-first language ('autistic person') rather than person-first language ('person with autism') throughout the website. Identity-first language acknowledges that autism is a core, authentic part of someone's identity.
Our choice to use identity-first language is guided by the autistic community. The community has more often than not stated this preference in research and through advocacy and support organisations. Many people we see at our clinic and through our wider networks also state the same preference.
We also acknowledge that some people prefer person-first langauge. We understand that many people have strong views either way. We will always respect individual preferences wherever possible and will continue to listen to and be guided by the community.
You can find out more about identity-first language below.