Autistic identity refers to the sense of identity, by self-affiliation or categorization by others, possessed by an autistic person. In order to show their identity as a member of the autistic community, they may call themselves Autistic (with a capital A).
A sense of Autistic community is often developed through the reading of autistic people's blogs (sometimes including those of allies), and the exploration of community organizations such as the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and the Autism Women's Network. This can encourage self-acceptance, self-love, and self-advocacy.
Political awakening is fairly common in terms of Autistic identity. Many Autistic writers campaign against abuses in ABA therapy and by groups such as Autism Speaks. Autistic people look after each other.
Language and Symbolism
Many autistic people prefer identity-first language ("autistic person" instead of "person with autism") for various reasons, including the fact that autism cannot be separated from the person, the nod to the social model of disability, and the fact that damaging parent communities prefer person-first language.
Autistic communities also avoid the use of functioning labels.