Commentary

Does Language Matter? Identity-First Versus Person-First Language Use in Autism Research: A Response to Vivanti

Citation

Botha M, Hanlon J & Williams GL (2021) Does Language Matter? Identity-First Versus Person-First Language Use in Autism Research: A Response to Vivanti. Commentary on: Vivanti, G. (2020). Ask the editor: What is the most appropriate way to talk about individuals with a diagnosis of autism? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50(2), 691–693. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04280-x.. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04858-w

Abstract
In response to Vivanti’s ‘Ask The Editor…’ paper [Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50(2), 691–693], we argue that the use of language in autism research has material consequences for autistic people including stigmatisation, dehumanisation, and violence. Further, that the debate in the use of person-first language versus identity-first language should centre first and foremost on the needs, autonomy, and rights of autistic people, so in to preserve their rights to self-determination. Lastly, we provide directions for future research.

Keywords
Person-first language; Identity-first language; Stigma; Rights-based approach; Autism

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

StatusIn Press
Publication date online20/01/2021
Date accepted by journal22/12/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32234
ISSN0162-3257
eISSN1573-3432
Item discussedVivanti, G. (2020). Ask the editor: What is the most appropriate way to talk about individuals with a diagnosis of autism? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50(2), 691–693. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04280-x.