The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) is striving to create a public platform that feels welcoming and safe for the Autistic community. To support this work, with the help of Autistic Canadians, we have created a guide on preferred language to members of the autism community, ie. policy makers, researchers, health care workers and caregivers.

We understand that Canadians on the Autism Spectrum have diverse opinions on language and how they wish to be referenced. Many prefer identify-first language (“Autistic”), while others would rather use person-first (“Person with Autism”). In consultation across the country it was clear that the use of language in the Autistic community continues to be an ongoing discussion.

Click the image above to view the Language Guide.