Free-Write: Person-First Language

This is the first post of what I expect will be many where I struggle to figure out whether I should use person first language or not.

I earned my undergraduate degree in special education where it was drilled into me that the students who I teach are people first; therefore, I should use person first language.  I looked at it as a wondrous way of keeping students from being hard on themselves about having a disability.  I heard the word “disabled” with a shudder every time.  It just sounds so wrong, even now.  So, now I ask myself, why is that?

It is the connotation of that particular wording of the word (If that makes sense).  I say that because saying “he has a disability” is separated.  But that doesn’t make sense…grr face! This is not fully resolved yet.


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