It’s on the ASAN blog. (I wrote it for them!)
Loved the piece, but I have a question. ASAN is very pro-Identity First language, but you used person-first language “people with developmental disabilities.” Why didn’t you say “developmentally disabled people?”
I will admit that I’m not very knowledgeable of other mental disabilities outside of autism so I don’t know if developmentally disabled people (or people with developmental disabilities) prefer person-first language.
ASAN didn’t say anything about it- I think it’s because there are developmental disabilities that aren’t autism and where people who have them go with person-first? (Cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome come to mind as two that go for person first.)
Oh. Ok. I really should learn more about other developmental disabilities.
I know people with Down’s Syndrome in the English-speaking world almost universally prefer person-first language. I think most groups do.
Groups whose advocacy is controlled by parents almost universally prefer person-first language. Oh shit I said it. :O
That totally wouldn’t explain cerebral palsy or physical disabilities, though.
Some groups genuinely prefer it. Could we accept that, extend to them the respect we want? Different people have different struggles. Our consensus on terminology arose out of a specific context. Not every segment of the disability community deals with the same thing. The ableism they face manifests in different ways. They may not feel the same need.