People First Language (PFL) puts the term "person" before the disabling condition. PFL describes what the person has, not what he/she is. This allows the person to be defined as an individual rather than defined by a label. Labels degrade, evoke negative stereotypes and do not address individuality. A disability is just one part of the unique individual. Changing the language we use may influence the perceptions society has of people with disabilities. The chart below outlines appropriate language when addressing or discussing a person with a disability.
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