CDC tips on ‘people first’ language

Talking with and About People with Disabilities

Communicating with and about persons with disabilitiesIn the church, we want to use words that heal, not hurt.  For example, “Shut-ins,” no.  “People who are home-centered,” yes.  To foster respectful, appropriate communication with and about people with disabilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a fact sheet that recommends and provides examples of “people first” language in place of language that is considered stereotypical and dehumanizing.