People-first Language, Equity, and Inclusion: How do we say it, and why does it matter?
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.
Columbia Embury, D.,
& Christensen, J.
(2017). People-first Language, Equity, and Inclusion: How do we say it, and why does it matter?. Learning Disabilities: A Multi-disciplinary Journal, 22 (1).