People-First Language

A pet peeve of mine has always been when people use disability to define a person with a disability. A person with a disability is not their disability. They are a human before anything else. There are a few persons with disabilities who have expressed that they choose not to use people-first language, because they feel that their disability is a key to their identity, but that is to their discretion and people without disabilites should be considerate and conscience.

Upon reading the textbook for my Social Work 101 class I found out there was an actual term for not using disability as a defining term for an individual: People-First Language

I feel pretty strongly about this topic and think it is important, so here are some resources:

http://www.asha.org/publications/journals/submissions/person_first.htm

http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/explore/people-first-language

http://www.thearc.org/who-we-are/media-center/people-first-language

One thought on “People-First Language

  • January 20, 2015 at 1:22 am
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    Glad to see you blogging beyond the class assignments. I learned something from this post.

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