I was called an Autism Parent the other day. I had never heard that term before. I mean I have heard Autistic Child but never Autism Parent. The first thing that went through my mind was ‘What about people first language?’
In case you don’t know People First Language is the concept that you talk about the person first and then the disability. Like you should say ‘…child with Autism.’ It is considered polite. After all you would not say the eye glasses lady would you?
Anyway that brought to mind a whole conversation I had about our Autistic Cat. One of my friends said ‘You mean your cat with Autism?’ Of course my smart response was ‘Do animals have the right to expect animal first language? I don’t think so.’
After the Autism Parent description I might have to rethink the whole Autistic Cat business though.