Person-first language

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Examples of person-first language are "he has autism", "a child with autism", and "they are on the spectrum". This phrasing is generally disliked by the autistic community, who prefer identity-first language.[1][2]

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  1. Identity-first vs person-first
  2. The Autistic Not Weird Autism Survey Out of 7,491 Autistc people surveyed in 2022, 76% preferred "Autistic person", whereas only 4% preferred "person with Autism". 15% were fine with both, and 5% preferred neither or didn't answer.