Person First Language

Person First Language puts the person before the disability. Person First Language works to eliminate old, prejudicial, and hurtful descriptors. Person First Language is not political correctness; instead, it demonstrates good manners, respect for others. Speakers should make reference to the person first then the disability. Speakers should say, “a person with a disability” rather than, “a disabled person”.

Examples of Person First Language

  • People with disabilities.
  • He has a cognitive disability/diagnosis.
  • She has autism (or a diagnosis of...).
  • He has Down syndrome (or a diagnosis of...).
  • She has a learning disability (diagnosis).
  • He has a physical disability (diagnosis).
  • She’s of short stature/she’s a little person.
  • He has a mental health condition/diagnosis.
  • She uses a wheelchair/mobility chair.
  • He receives special ed services.
  • She has a developmental delay.
  • Children without disabilities.
  • Communicates with her eyes/device/etc.

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