People First Language

People first vocabulary means using language that reflects the real person, not just his or her disability.

Put the person first in word and thought.

Emphasize the person rather than the disability. For example, say "person with a disability" rather than "disabled person."

Remember that most people with a disability want to be thought of as an ordinary person.

Be accurate.

If you’re unsure about how to describe a disability, ask someone who knows.

Emphasize abilities

Say "uses a wheelchair" instead of "confined to a wheelchair"

To download a PDF copy of our People First Language Styleguide, click here.