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3 Surprising Phrases that Stigmatize Autistic People

Most of us know that the words we choose to describe others matter. Nevertheless it can be tough to stay on top of what language reduces stigma and confusion and what language does just the opposite. Did you know the majority of autistic adults prefer to be called "autistic" not "people with autism"? It turns out person-first language (e.g. saying “person with autism”) may serve to increase stigma rather than remove it. Not only that, there are also good reasons to avoid phrases like “high/low functioning” and “non-verbal” when describing autistic people. Why Most Autistic People Don’t Like Person-First Language Many of us were taught along the way to use person-first language because “a p

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