Clarke, L., Columbia Embury, D., Knight, C (graduate student), Christensen, J. (2017) People-first Language, Equity, and Inclusion: How do we say it, and why does it matter? Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 22(1), 31-35. http://dx.doi.org/10.18666/LDMJ-2017-V22-I1-7961
People-first Language, Equity, and Inclusion: How do we say it, and why does it matter?
The evolution of language speaks to our values as a society and our understanding of each other as humans making contributions to society. Using people-first language demonstrates a respect for the personhood of people with disabilities,but often professionals are at a loss as to which words to use. This primer shares the ideology behind people-first language and includes a step-by-step guide to using people-first language for IDEA disability categories.
Learning Disabilities: A Multi-disciplinary Journal