People with disabilities


 He has a cognitive or intellectual disability


 She has autism


 He has Down Syndrome


 She has a learning disability


 He has a physical disability


 She is of short stature or she is a little person


 He has an emotional disability


 She uses a wheelchair


 He receives Special Education services


 Typical kids or kids without disabilities


 Accessible parking


 Accessible restroom


 ADA accessible hotel room


          Disability Etiquette – Words Matter!

Who are the so-called “handicapped”?

Society’s myths tell us they are:

“People who suffer from the tragedy of birth defects.”
“Paraplegic heroes who struggle to become normal again.”
“Victims who fight to overcome their conditions.”
“The so-called disabled, retarded, autistic, blind, deaf, learning disabled, and more.”

Who are they, really?

They are:
Moms and dads
Sons and daughters
Employees and employers
Friends and neighbors
Leaders and followers
Students and teachers

  
They are people!    They are people, first.

Using People First Language is a crucial issue.

People First Language puts the person before the disability!  The Disability Rights Movement is following in the footsteps of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the Women’s Movement of the 1970s.  While people with disabilities and advocates work to end discrimination and segregation in education, employment, and our communities at large, we must all work to eliminate the prejudicial language that creates an invisible barrier to inclusion in the mainstream of our society.

Examples of People First Language:









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 Handicapped or disabled


 He is mentally retarded


 She is autistic

 He is Downs or Mongoloid

 She is learning disabled


 He is a quadriplegic or crippled

 She is a dwarf  (or midget)


 He is emotionally disturbed

 She is confined to a wheelchair


 He is Special Ed


 Normal or healthy kids


 Handicapped parking


 Handicapped restroom

 Handicapped hotel room



INSTEAD OF:

SAY:

Unique to the disability community is that it is the only minority group that any American can join in the split second of an accident.

If it happens to you, will you have more in common with others with disabilities

or with your family, friends, and co-workers?  Many people who do not now have a disability may have one in the future.  Others will have family members or friends who acquire 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!

                 “Disability is a natural part of the human experience…”

*Excerpts from Kathie Snow’s “People First Language: A Commentary”