Identity First Language and Introductory paragraph


At last week's meeting
<> we agreed to
move forward with identity first language for autistic people (rather than
people with autism) and add an introductory paragraph to the document.
This is email is to:

   1. Give the broader list members a chance to provide feedback on the
   decision, and
   2. Provide draft language for the introductory paragraph for review and

The introductory paragraph is below.

*Language Use*

Language and terminology for cognitive and learning disabilities varies
greatly between cultures and communities. Preferred language is also
changing over time.  We selected terms and defined them in the glossary for
consistency within this document. We do not assert these are correct in all
cases and for all groups. When we were aware of conflicting opinions,
we reached out to individuals that identify with each term.  When
preferences varied, we have used our best judgement to select a term based
on the feedback and provided alternatives within the glossary definition.
When deciding on language and terminology to use when discussing cognitive
and learning disabilities, we recommend reaching out to individuals with
cognitive and learning disabilities to select the best terms within the
specific situation and culture.

Please respond if you have additional feedback on the identity first
language decision or edits to the glossary introduction language.

Best regards,


Rachael Montgomery, PhD
Director, Accessible Community

"I will paint this day with laughter;
I will frame this night in song."
 - Og Mandino

Received on Thursday, 18 February 2021 01:44:25 UTC