"See me, not my disability."

Abdi Warsame

Section 1 of 3

Use person-first language.

Choose the best option in each of the following 3 groups.

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1. Pick the best language:

Preferred Choice:
Person with a disability...

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2. Pick the best language:

Preferred Choice:
Uses a wheelchair

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3. Pick the best language:

Preferred Choice:
Has vision loss or blind

Why?

Addressing the person first, rather than the disability, shows respect.  You don’t have to mention a person’s disability at all, unless it’s relevant to the conversation. Try to listen and choose the words that individual prefers. 

"We all have incredible abilities and courage. It’s about bringing out the best in everybody."

Dan Solcher

Section 2 of 3

Be factual and direct.

Choose the best option in each of the following 3 groups.

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1. Pick the best language:

Preferred Choice:
Has hearing loss

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2. Pick the best language:

Preferred Choice:
Has an intellectual disability

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3. Pick the best language:

Preferred Choice:
Has Down Syndrome

Why?

Don’t patronize — always presume competence. When we sugar coat our words with euphemisms, they can convey false perceptions of inferiority or damage. By choosing words that are factual and direct, you acknowledge a person’s ability, while remaining respectful of their disability.

"Good intentions speak louder than words. If you don’t know what to say, ask."

Susan Mazrui

Section 3 of 3

Asking beats assuming.

Choose the best option in each of the following 3 groups.

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1. Pick the best language:

Preferred Choice:
I have a question.

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2. Pick the best language:

Preferred Choice:
Can you help me understand?

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3. Pick the best language:

Preferred Choice:
Would you like my help?

Why?

Don't be afraid to admit when you don't know something. Asking politely is far better than assuming or saying something that may be hurtful. Support open dialogue and seek out the appropriate resources that will help you learn more.

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