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People First Language
People First Language (PFL) represents more respectful, accurate ways of communicating. People with disabilities are not their diagnoses or disabilities; they are people, first.
PFL is not about "political correctness," it's about good manners and The Golden Rule. "Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you," is a very harmful myth. Words do matter! They can raise or lower expectations; hurt or help; crush hopes or create dreams; and so much more.
Now it's time to extend that courtesy to the boys, girls, men, and women in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and communities who happen to have disabilities.
Click here for a variety of Kathie's People First Language articles. Isn't it time for more respectful and accurate language for all?
New Ways of Thinking
Yes, Disability is Natural—but what do apples have to do with disability?
One of the five apples is green. One American in five has a disability, making people with disabilities the largest minority group and the only group that anyone can join at any time: at birth or through an accident, illness, or the aging process.
A green apple is more like red apples than different; a person with a disability is more like people without disabilities than different. The U.S. Developmental Disabilities Act states, "Disability is a natural part of the human experience..." This is your source for Kathie Snow's life-changing articles and products that can generate positive change. Visit the different EXPLORE sections for a variety of thought-provoking, informative articles. Visit the Disability is Natural Online Store for Kathie's life-changing book and other unique products that promote new ways of thinking about disability!
IT'S TIME FOR POSITIVE CHANGE . . .
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word,
Let's think—and do some talking to each other—
about how we TREAT children and adults with disabilities . . .
Check back often to see different topics that will be included in this section—ways we can create positive change!