Originally Posted by Brigianna
I don't mind people who prefer the phrasing "have autism" over "is autistic," but for goodness' sakes, don't tell me and other autistics that we
are being offensive for preferring the word "autistic" to apply to ourselves. I don't mean to offend any of the lovely parents of autistics here, but it annoys me to no end that so many parents of autistics act as though they own autism
I guess I don't get this. I don't care how others refer to themselves or their children. But *I* refer to my son as he has Autism, I don't say he is Autistic. Only because I don't think Autism is his defining characteristic and I just feel that if I say he is Autistic I'm saying that is all he is. My son is Andrew, he has autism. vs My Autistic son Andrew. It's a big difference to me, but I don't care how others want to use it or view it (just not in reference to my child please, lol), that is up to each person. Just a view point from someone who uses has autism vs autistic.
I'm glad I didn't catch that show though, I'd probably spend the entire program yelling at the TV, lmao.