Person-First Language

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The goal of person-first language—to avoid language that dehumanizes or stigmatizes people.

For example, “Person with hearing loss” is better than “hearing-impaired person”


National Center on Disability and Journalism, Disability Language Style Guide (website)

ADA National Network, Guidelines for Writing About People with Disabilities (website)

NIH, Writing Respectfully: Person-First and Identity-First Language (webpage)

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