The Importance of People First and Inclusive Language

Language shapes our perspectives both as individuals and as a society, and the language we choose to use can have strong implications when it comes to the way we view those who are different than us. People first language emphasizes that a person is a person - an individual with their own set of likes and needs - above anything else. For individuals with disabilities, they don’t want their disability to become their main identifier. This is why we at Hand-in-Hand encourage people to say “people with disabilities” rather than “disabled people.” This subtle change, that identifies the individual first, reminds us that the person you are talking about is a person with their own thoughts and fee

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