Why I dislike "person first" language
Jim Sinclair

Why I dislike "person first" language

Jim Sinclair
I am not a "person with autism."   I am an autistic person.  Why does this distinction matter to me?

1) Saying "person with autism" suggests that the autism can be separated from the person.  But this is not the case.  I can be separated from things that are not part of me, and I am still be the same person.  I am usually a "person with a purple shirt," but I could also be a "person with a blue shirt" one day, and a "person with a yellow shirt" the next day, and I would still be the same person, because my clothing is not part of me.  But autism is part of me.  Autism is hard-wired into the ways my brain works.  I am autistic because I cannot be separated from how my brain works.
2) Saying "person with autism" suggests that even if autism is part of the person, it isn't a very important part.  Characteristics that are recognized as central to a person's identity are appropriately stated as adjectives, and may even be used as nouns to describe people: We talk about "male" and "female" people, and even about "men" and "women" and "boys" and "girls," not about "people with maleness" and "people with femaleness."  We describe people's cultural and religious identifications in terms such as "Russian" or "Catholic," not as "person with Russianity" or "person with Catholicism."  We describe important aspects of people's social roles in terms such as "parent" or "worker," not as "person with offspring" or "person who has a job."  We describe important aspects of people's personalities in terms such as "generous" or "outgoing," not as "person with generosity" or "person with extroversion."  Yet autism goes deeper than culture and learned belief systems.  It affects how we relate to others and how we find places in society.  It even affects how we relate to our own bodies.  If I did not have an autistic brain, the person that I am would not exist.  I am autistic because autism is an essential feature of me as a person.
3) Saying "person with autism" suggests that autism is something bad--so bad that is isn't even consistent with being a person.  Nobody objects to using adjectives to refer to characteristics of a person that are considered positive or neutral.  We talk about left-handed people, not "people with left-handedness," and about athletic or musical people, not about "people with athleticism" or "people with musicality."  We might call someone a "blue-eyed person" or a "person with blue eyes," and nobody objects to either descriptor.  It is only when someone has decided that the characteristic being referred to is negative that suddenly people want to separate it from the person.  I know that autism is not a terrible thing, and that it does not make me any less a person.  If other people have trouble remembering that autism doesn't make me any less a person, then that's their problem, not mine.  Let them find a way to remind themselves that I'm a person, without trying to define an essential feature of my personhood as something bad.  I am autistic because I accept and value myself the way I am.

Copyright (c) 1999  Jim Sinclair

Add A Comment


May. 10, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Unfulfilled promises

* Commitmen. Longchamp Handbags ts not kept

* "Things Change" disguising deals broken

* Quitting

OK, so it isn't the most uplifting idea or article ever shared, but if you . Longchamp tote bags will take it to heart it might be just the one to change your life and your business. I have spent a lot of time over the last few months studying two things:

1) gre. Longchamp Online at speakers; and

2) the truth.

Both interest me greatly and are the next steps for where I am about to go in my business path. I have found that most people. cheap Longchamp bags are unhappy and most businesses unsuccessful for the exact same reason:

People not being truthful.

So, here is down and dirty steps to getting real, . Longchamp bags getting honest, and getting ahead fast.

Use these rules in business and in life — they are interchangeable.

1) Do what you say you are going to do — whatever yo. Longchamp u have committed to honor it at all costs. Whether that commitment was made to yourself or someone else. Lie enough to yourself and others and nothing you say will hold weight. Do what y. Longchamp Sale ou say you will do.

2) Do it when you say you will do it — don't be late (literally and figuratively) and if you are, don't make excuses. Do it when you say you will. No o. Longchamp Online ne wants to work with someone unpredictable. Period.

3) Do it how you said you would do it — don't half ass anything. The way you show up and deliver is the exac. Longchamp Outlet t way you will increase your revenue and your lifestyle.

4) Don't be cheap and tell yourself you are frugal — stay in a nice place, tip well, fly first class, give to . Discount Longchamp Bags others, invest deeply in yourself.

Message Friend Invite

Jul. 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

grievance between reptile homeowners is that often its reptile is not serving as it needs to be.To start with, until it is some weeks since your reptile very last had it is less likely being. longchamp handbags a main reason behind worry -- most will neglect a couple bottles then start out taking in. longchamp sale outlet yet again the next time.Therefore the first helpful story when your reptile seriously. longchamp online isn't consuming will be to go on providing foods regularly. Maintain your "normal" nourishing s. longchamp outlet ome time to routine as you might you need to be pleasantly surprised.In addition please remember a n. longchamp tote umber of lizard variety are a great deal more planning to end serving than other people. Callus sna. longchamp tote bags kes, by way of example, are often excellent bird feeders in addition to not often at any tim. longchamp australia e turn off their own meal. Alternatively, Ball Pythons tend to be significantly more likely t. longchamp online o rapidly for prolonged time frames.Also, wild-caught types are generally a lot more planning. longchamp bags to halt eating when compared with captive-bred samples and so try to find out no matter wheth. longchamp sale er the lizard is probably the kinds of which is likely to avoid nourishing on occasion plus be aware of be it captive-bred

Message Friend Invite

Jul. 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Having bingshop.co.uk her very own garments and a full experience without cosmetics, Jolie can be impertinent along with tranquil within Cambodia cheap louis vuitton factory locations ’azines Siem Harvest domain having a Louis Vuitton Alto Tote bag within Monogrammed Fabric above her neck. The girl Ray ban sunglasses decided return louis vuitton electric outlet retail store to help Cambodia to be able to photograph this ad blitz immediately after explaining the woman's foremost coming upon Ray ban cheap sale with Cambodia as a life-adjusting encounter. As a Us In high spirits Commissioner with regard to Refugees A good reputation Embassador, your lover’S boosting louis vuitton uk knowing of the risks involving landmines. Your tagline flows: “An individual voyage can alter the course of A liveliness. Cambodia, May possibly next year.” The actual “Core Ideals” advertising are set to run for lv uk on sale 18 months and may attribute louis vuitton release on the net different celebrity-humanitarians similar louis vuitton electric outlet Bono. Louis louis vuitton manufacturing plant outlet Vuitton Executive Louis vuitton uk sale V.P. Pietro Beccari affirms, “We're thankful that Jennifer aniston agreed to get involved in each of our Primary Prices hunting expedition, whose central topic connected with take a trip while equally fake louis vuitton bags online an actual in addition to emotional journey is using which usually she can privately establish. Around the world machine plastic-type material plastic surgery remedies, before-tax revenue Oakley Sunglasses in terms of 846 one million million money,Teacher Manufacturer Donjon which include Money 653 1000s of on The Wholesale Oakley replica sunglasses uk sale the european union in the progress from the earth-extensive insurance coverage and as well motor vehicle loaning. Individuals louis vuitton canada cheap journeyed together with used utilizing various alone(p) implies Map collection techniques, intervention cure, bee stings,louis vuitton wall plug Roscoe Louboutin United kingdom Seem-alike Authentic jordan shoes ccsviTheir things will not Inchesgo outside of designing, This discover on your own is between the esteemed on earth. You can find consumers and this can be even now getting into Louis Vuitton give luggage wholesale air jordans online that have been stated in the particular 1980's geological era louis vuitton, which in turn luggage even so appear exceptional. Airline tickets for you to Liverpool besides cheap retro jordan shoes 0 allow you to an opportunity to hunt with all the classy Regent Avenue. When you have any kind of concerns in relation to your own health and fitness or the health of this child, it is recommended to meet with a Nike free running shoes medical doctor as well as other medical practioner. You should look at the Privac In order to lionize the particular go back involving womens nike frees xt summer, Louis Vuitton provides opened the initial momentary retail store inwards Mykonos alone specialized in your “recourse” item offer. In a very luxurious along with nike shoes shiny mise en scene, an array of leather goods, ladies’azines and also adult males’ohydrates prepared-to help-wearing, custom nike for women along with extras specifically intended for the particular lenity with the area as well as the flavor regarding breaks can be acquired to be able to passers-through till April. lv outlet Your industrial conception, in keeping with the actual Louis Vuitton desire to make every gross sales point one of a kind, makes sense gratitude to the way indeed authentic shoes sign of the actual Cyclades islands. Stately recycleables and light-weight colors; clean up-lower style dominates. The shop is a component of the fresh gross sales experience along with a completely new interpretation associated with elegance. 3699 Therein shop Louis Vuitton provides choices peculiarly coded in this kind of “Holiday resort” liveliness, identified together with peace in addition to good- nike free 5.0 shoes organism. Lighting supplies, A live show regarding colors, simple designs, in the louis vuitton uk beach front to help prolonged summer time early evenings; the actual nature associated with summertime is as a result resembled in the series. louis vuitton bags uk Defense against the raging lighting on the Ancient greek sunlight comes in the type of the most beautiful glasses which in turn finish the looks using a shadow involving dateless beauty, as well as louis vuitton handbags uk which usually entirely convey this particular nature so sign of “hotel” spots.

Message Friend Invite

Want to leave a comment and join the discussion?

Sign up for CafeMom!

Already a member? Click here to log in