Person First Language eliminates generalizations and assumptions by focusing on a person rather than a disability.
Let’s break it down:
"a person with a disability"
"a disabled person"
See the difference?
Not everyone prefers Person First Language. An important part of inclusion is letting people speak for themselves. If you don't know what someone prefers, Person First Language is a respectful place to start. Lead with kindness and the rest will follow.
"Person First Language is important because I am not my disability. I want to be treated like my family and friends treat me: as a person."
- Nicole, Minnesota
To me, Person First language means to treat everyone in a way that shows them their value in the way that we speak - uplifting and not degrading. Inclusion is so important and it starts with out words.
Person First language allows people to address each other as equals, without prejudice or disrespect. This is inclusion and it is within everyone's ability.
Person First language is important to me because I am not my disability. I want to be treated like my family and friends treat me: as a person.