Examples Of People First Language
|Labels NOT to Use||People First Language|
|The handicapped or disabled||People with disabilities|
|The mentally retarded||People with mental retardation|
|He’s retarded||He has a cognitive disability|
|My son is autistic||My son has autism|
|She’s a Downs kid, a mongoloid||She has Down syndrome|
|He’s learning disabled||He has a learning disability|
|I’m a paraplegic||I have paraplegia|
|She’s crippled||She has a physical disability|
|He’s a dwarf (or midget)||He’s of short stature, or he’s short|
|She’s emotionally disturbed||She has an emotional disability|
|He’s wheelchair bound, or confined to a wheelchair||He uses a wheelchair|
|Normal and/or healthy kids||Typical kids or kids without disabilities|
|He’s in special ed||He receives special ed services or additional support services|
|Handicapped parking, bathrooms, etc.||Accessible parking, bathrooms, etc.|
|She has a problem with…||She has a need for…|
|He’s a diabetic||He has diabetes|
|She’s an epileptic||She has epilepsy|
People First Language puts the Person before the Disability.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and the lightening bug.
Who are people with disabilities?
Historical and current myths tell us they are:
• People who suffer from the tragedy of birth defects
• Paraplegic heroes who struggle to become normal again
• Victims of diseases fighting to regain their previous lives
• Categorically the crippled, the retarded, the autistic, the blind, the deaf, the learning disabled.
Who are they really?
Neighbors, friends, employees, students, leaders, movie stars, followers, teachers, moms, dads, sons, daughters, beauty pageant winners,
they are…….people. They are People.
Are you myopic or do you wear glasses?
Are you cancerous or do you have cancer?
Are you freckled or do you have freckles?
Are you handicapped/disabled or do you have a disability?
People First Language says
what a person HAS not what a Person IS
THEY ARE PEOPLE FIRST- DISABILITIES SECOND
Written by Kathie Snow - email@example.com
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