Guiding Language Principles
Kinark Autism Services acknowledges that language is a powerful mechanism used when understanding the world around us. We understand that the words used to talk in conversation with, and about, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have an impact on each individual and the community.
We also recognize the varying positions and preferences individuals have between the use of person-first language (e.g., individual with autism) and identity-first language (e.g., autistic individual). To respect the agency, the individuals and families we support, and the diversity of voices within the autism community, Kinark Autism Services will use such terms interchangeably.
Please note our guiding language principles are sourced from the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) language guide and conversations with members of Kinark’s Family Advisory Committee with lived experience.