Autistic or with autism? Some people prefer to say that they ‘have autism’ and many prefer to say that they are autistic. They mean the same thing but whether we choose to describe ourselves as ‘with autism’ or ‘autistic’ comes down to personal preference.

You might find reading the entries for person-first language and identity-first language helpful, if you’re not sure of the implicit differences. Also, sometimes it just seems grammatically uncomfortable to use one or the other in some situations. It’s completely up to you!