I love the lyrics and phrasing in a particular song. I find it poignant and relevant in the present moment. It’s time to listen and really take note of the words. Because there is one phrase that really jumps out.
We are one.
But we are many.
And from all the lands on earth, we come.
We are all one people. People first. With cultures, religions, education, lifestyles, environments, experiences, world views, influences and health (which takes in both the physical and mental) that makes each and every one of us unique. We think, feel, react, look different. And that is what makes human-kind so special and so unique.
Our world-view is changing for the better to accept behavioural differences. It is for the betterment of mankind that we reach out and connect with people who have autism-related conditions, display or mask confused or delayed development (however symptomatic). Slowly, society is becoming more appreciative, giving and empathetic of people who have neurological patterns of thought and behaviour from other reasons.
It is incredible to think that in such a short time, opinions have changed so radically. People no longer feel embarrassed about who they are. How wonderful that society and our world-view is changing to become accepting of peoples differences. Compassion and empathy start early. Inclusion in education, play, and society create awareness. It also reduces stigma. Great early childhood educators are teaching the new kids on the block, (Gen Z and Gen Alpha) that we are all unique, and we are all very different.
We believe that with knowledge is empowerment, it means choice and brings control. With education and information, comes change. Change of opinion. Change of judgement. Which brings us to the language of Autism Adelaide throughout this site.
There’s been a shift, a slide in opinion. It’s becoming evident in the broader community, that, for many people, the identity (of who and what you have), prefer identity first. That is: I am an Autistic person, not I am a person who has Autism.
With this in mind, (the changing times and opinions); it does feel a little strange and awkward for our persona (Autism Adelaide) to be so cut and dried.
So, for the time being; until it becomes so overwhelmingly transparent that everyone would prefer change, we will flip between the two. Our tone may sometimes be spoken of as people first, and others – indicative of identity first. There is no agenda, no bias and no disrespect. What it really boils down to is how the content and grammar comes across to you, the audience, when we write.