People First Language

1522 words 7 pages
To achieve
Inclusion,
Community,
and Freedom
for people with disabilities,
we must use

People First Language A commentary by Kathie Snow

The difference between the right word
and the almost right word
is the difference between lighting
and the lightning bug.
Mark Twain
________________________________________

The beginning of wisdom is to call things
by their right names.
- Old Chinese Proverb -
Who are "the handicapped"... the "disabled"?
Society's myths tell us they are:
• people who "suffer" from the "tragedy" of "birth defects"...
• paraplegic "heroes" "struggling" to become "normal"...
• "victims" of diseases "fighting" to regain their lives...
• categorically... "the
…show more content…
A person who wears glasses doesn't walk around saying, "I
have a problem seeing. "She would say, "I wear (need) glasses." Recognize that a "problem"
is really a need.


The real problem is attitudinal barriers.
There have always been people with disabilities in our world
and there will always be.
• If educators - and society at large - perceived children with disabilities as individuals who
have the potential to learn, who have the need to the same education as their brothers and
sisters, and who have a future in the adult world of work, we wouldn't have to fight for inclusive
education
• If employers - an our society at large - believed adults with disabilities have valuable job skills
(because they received a quality education), we wouldn't have to fight for real jobs for real pay in
the real community.
• If business owners - and our society at large - viewed people with disabilities as consumers
with money to spend (because they're wage earners), we wouldn't have to fight for accessible
entrances and other accommodations.

Many people who do not now have a disability will have one in the future
Others will have a family member or friend who acquires a disability. If you acquire a disability in your lifetime, how will you want to be described? How will you want to be treated? Disability issues are issues that affect all Americans!
Using People First Language is a crucial issue.
If people with disabilities are to

Related

  • The Tswana People
    1963 words | 8 pages
  • Language Arts Importance
    1032 words | 5 pages
  • Language and the Brain
    1642 words | 7 pages
  • Descartes First Meditation
    922 words | 4 pages
  • First Impressions
    3195 words | 13 pages
  • Acquiring the Human Language-Playing the Language Game
    1035 words | 5 pages
  • Language for Teachers Task 4: Focus on the Teacher’s Language
    1202 words | 5 pages
  • Oral Language
    972 words | 4 pages
  • People First Language
    1522 words | 7 pages
  • France language
    1079 words | 5 pages