Tuesday, February 24, 2009

People First Language

I know that I have posted on this topic before, but I am going to continue to remind others of this again and again. Please read this post from my local Down syndrome support group. It drives me crazy when I hear a baby being called a "down's baby". I know it is easier to say it that way, but Logan is a baby who has Down syndrome. Please remember to put the person first before the disability.
People First Language post at DSFN

5 comments:

Cammie Heflin said...

I added you to my blog list so you are more than welcome to add us! Addy turned two on October 18th, she is our tiny little bean! BTW I hate when people say Downs kids too!

Little Miss E said...

I hear what you're saying! Em isn't a Down's kid, she's a kid with Down's. I hate how everyone is so quick to label everyone and everything and put the description before the person. Ugh.

Tanya S said...

I completely agree Melanie! It is amazing to me that even some professionals that I encounter do not use people first language! It never ceases to amaze me! It almost hurts my ears!

Yo Mamma Mamma! said...

I always tell people it is like saying "you look pretty in that dress" vs. "that dress looks pretty on you." The first compliments YOU, the second is a compliment to the dress. It is a matter of getting the words in the right place!

Melanie said...

Yo Mamma Mamma!!...very well said!