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People First Language

People first language is used to speak appropriately and respectfully about an individual with a disability. People first language emphasizes the person first not the disability. For example, when referring to a person with a disability, refer to the person first by using phrases such as: “a person who …”, “a person with …” or, “person who has…”

Learn more: Communicating With and About People with Disabilities


Not knowing how to act or speak to a person who has a disability can lead to uncomfortable situations. The People First Language and Disability Etiquette webinar informs you how to properly speak and write about disability. Information about interacting with a person who has a disability is also provided.

Page last updated: March 22, 2023