The ways autistic people are spoken about should be decided by autistic people. The guides below have been produced by CAPTAP (Community Against Prejudice Towards Autistic People) and draw on research that has established what sort of language the majority of autistic people are comfortable with.
Autistic people make up a small but significant proportion of the population, so the guides are useful for everyone – regardless of whether you work or live with an autistic person. Though, it is always best practice to check with any autistic person you are speaking to about their personal preferences.
CAPTAP is an organisation founded by researchers at the University of Sterling.