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The difference between person-first and identity-first language; Why we say 'people with...'

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"Person-first and identity-first language:

Ok, let’s talk about how to undo some of that in a really simple way.

Identity-first is putting the disability first, as a defining trait of the person or community you’re talking about. Think Deaf person or Autistic community. Actually, both of those groups, the Deaf and Autistic communities, have overwhelmingly said they prefer identity-first language.

The idea behind this is it puts a person’s disability front and center. To say it out loud and validate someone’s identity. It’s why identity-first language is sometimes called “proud language.”

People first or person-first language is when you put the person first. It’s the language I chose in the story and what you’re more likely to hear among a lot of other disability communities. This type of language puts the person before their disability in a way to emphasize their individuality without making their disability the center of who they are."

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World is generally made without disability in mind, advocates say” Red and black text, "Grant Hermes, Anchor/Reporter"

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