People First Language People First November 7, 2013 There’s an emphasis in the special needs community (and beyond) to use what’s called "people-first” language. It’s an important nuance in conversation that puts the person before the disability: i.e. instead of referring to someone as a "Down’s child,” you would refer to them as a "child with Down syndrome.” They are, of course, a child first. I thought about this recently in how this idea not just applies to language, but to mindset. How we tend to label, perceive, and observe everyone around us—even with the best of intentions.
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