People-First Language, Equity, and Inclusion: How Do We Say It, and Why Does It Matter?
Keywords:people-first language, disability, appropriate language
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.
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