Thanks for this comment. I’m an autistic person, and I prefer disability-first language, because “person-first” language is sometimes used to distance a disability or condition from who a person is, which can imply that it is a thing to be ashamed of or minimized. I am proud of being disabled, and it is a core part of how I experience the world, it is not a thing I “have” that has been added to me, it is innate. I know that not everyone agrees with this usage, and I respect either usage; thank you for sticking with the essay even though the language I used is not in line with your preferences (I know some people find identity-first language offensive, for understandable reasons). Here is an article that summarizes my views on the subject:

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