For us in our family we take the viewpoint that autism isn’t something to be ‘had’ it’s something we ‘are’.
This changes the perspective from the negative something ‘had’, (a disorder/disease/disability etc) to something that in our view is a superpower, amazing and part of our very identity (with some challenges, yes).
This may also be heard to be expressed as ‘people with autism’ vs ‘autistic people’. Subtle wording change but powerful difference.
It is entirely at the individual’s own discretion as to how they view autism and to how they want to be referred. And that is ok.
For the girls, they ARE autistic. They ARE powerful. They ARE unique. They own it, accept it, love it and are proudly autistic. Positive vibes to the max!
I will discuss this in more depth in my upcoming webinar on Autism time tbc, to be held via zoom. If you would like to register your interest please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .