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

Authors

  • Laura Shipp Clarke Eastern Kentucky University
  • Dusty Columbia Embury Eastern Kentucky University
  • Catherine Knight Eastern Kentucky University
  • Jennifer Christensen Eastern Kentucky University

DOI:

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

Keywords:

people-first language, disability, appropriate language

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.Subscribe to LDMJ

Author Biographies

Laura Shipp Clarke, Eastern Kentucky University

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education

Dusty Columbia Embury, Eastern Kentucky University

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education

Catherine Knight, Eastern Kentucky University

Graduate Student, Department of Special Education

Jennifer Christensen, Eastern Kentucky University

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education

Published

2017-03-16

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Articles