Words To Know

Identity-first language

Putting the word for a disability before the word “person”. “Autistic people” is identity-first language. So is “Disabled people”.


A plan that schools need to make for each student with a disability. The plan helps set goals for students with disabilities.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

A law that gives rights to students with disabilities.

Intellectual disabilities

Disabilities that affect how you learn and think. People with intellectual disabilities might learn more slowly.

Legal rights

Rights that the law gives to you.


When an autistic person gets too stressed and can’t control their feelings. They might scream, cry, or run away.

Motor skills

How people control the way their body moves.


The idea that humans have all kinds of brains. There is no such thing as a “normal” brain.

Neurodiversity movement

A part of the disability rights movement. It says that people with all kinds of brains should be accepted in society.


When someone isn’t just a boy or a girl.