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People-First Language, Equity, and Inclusion: How Do We Say It, and Why Does It Matter?

Laura Shipp Clarke, Dusty Columbia Embury, Catherine Knight, Jennifer Christensen

Abstract


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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Keywords


people-first language; disability; appropriate language

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18666/LDMJ-2017-V22-I1-7961

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