31 for 21: Day 8

People First Language

Whats this?

It’s knowing and understanding that people are individuals.

People are not their diagnosis.

Babies with Down syndrome are not Downs babies.

Kids with Down syndrome are not Downs kids.

Adults with Down syndrome are not Downs people.

Royal does not have Downs, Royal is a baby with Down syndrome,

It may not seem like a big deal to switch the order of these words around but it is a big deal.

The big deal is seeing beyond the diagnosis and seeing the individual, whether you are addressing a 7 month old baby, a 4 year old little girl, the young man who works at Vons, or the actress on Glee.

We parents and families in this community want our kids and loved ones seen as individuals and for them to be accepted and included as such.

Acceptance and inclusion starts by using “people first” language.

The National Down syndrome Society has more information in their Preferred Language Guide, I encourage you all to check it out.

http://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/Preferred-Language-Guide/

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