I’m one of those annoying people who gets caught up on the correct use of words. It’s true…
But also, IT’S SO IMPORTANT! Our words have the power to move mountains, and as such even making the tiniest change to the words we use can shift entire societal attitudes!
So here’s why I believe switching this one tiny phrase will bring about generational change…
PS I know this conversation sometimes feels petty and unimportant, but this isn’t just arguing over semantics. If we can normalise autism simply by changing the words we use can you imagine how much easier life will be for our children when they are advocating for their children?
PSS (Seeings I’m a stickler for how a word is used) I’d better explain that my use of the term ‘normalise’ NEVER refers to ‘making normal’ and is not used to minimise the complex or debilitating effects that autism can have, but simply to affirm what autism is from a ‘neuro’ point of view – completely normal!
PSSS – I totally respect however you self identify 😉
Big hugs to you, Alli xxx