March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and Children’s Care is promoting “People First Language” to bring awareness to the importance of individuals with disabilities being PEOPLE FIRST. We’ve all heard the terms “autistic,” “learning disabled,” “developmentally disabled,” and others to describe a person who happens to have a disability. By using the disability as a descriptor, we are promoting stereotypes (often unknowingly), and looking at individuals as a disability versus the person that they are. She is “a little girl with autism,” not “She’s autistic.”
People with disabilities, no matter what age or what disability they may have, are people first. They have individual personalities, interests, abilities, and needs. They are our children, sisters, brothers, mothers, and fathers. They are our neighbors, employees, and friends. Please join Children’s Care in bringing awareness to People First Language.
Sign the Pledge to Use People First Language at www.cchs.org, and we’ll send you a flyer with People First Language!