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People First Guidance 9 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Guidelines for thinking about the impact of language

Using respectful language is an essential piece of treating people with intellectual disabilities with dignity and recognizing their many abilities. The words we use to talk about people should emphasize their capacity for self-determination and communicate respect, dignity, empowerment, and a supportive environment. People should not be defined by their medical or clinical diagnoses, but by their many accomplishments and contributions to our shared communities.