I'm very disappointed in this week's program on autism--to me and many others, it is inconsiderate, rude, and downright degrading to refer to people as their disability, and then as people. In tonight's "On Being" program, people with autism were consistently referred to as autistic people, which places the value on their disability, and not on them as people. How would you like to be known as "that glasses person" or "that stuttering person"? We would never refer to people who wear glasses or stutter this way, yet society often calls people with disabilities by their disability, and it's NOT ok. For more information on person first language, please visit: disabilityisnatural.com/explore. People with and without disabilities will thank NPR (and MTPR too) for using language that values us as people.
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