The Relationship between Identity-Centrality and Identity-First Language Preferences and Usage in Individuals who have Autism

Research Study

Dear Participant:

I am a psychology major at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I am conducting a study on identity-first and person-first language related to autism. This online research survey will ask questions about autism identity-centrality, perception of stigma attached to autism, language preference when being addressed, and information about your background. We sincerely invite you to participate in this survey in order to help better understand the language preferences of autistic individuals in our communities.

To be eligible for this study, you must be diagnosed with autism, be at least 18 years old, and currently reside in the United States. If you are over the age of 18, but under guardianship, you are not eligible to participate in the current study. The survey is confidential, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. As an incentive to participate, all participants will be given the chance to enter a raffle awarding $50 gift card to one randomly selected person. For those interested in participating in this study, click on the following hypertext link (or cut and paste it into your browser):

This will take you to the consent form and questionnaire.

Please feel free to forward this email announcement to eligible friends/colleagues and other autism-related listservs. Thanks in advance for your help with this project!


Becca and Trevor

Rebecca Sonnenberg, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Trevor L. Dunn, Ph.D., St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Published on: Mar 3, 2020 at 17:32