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For several months I've thought about commenting on the use of language on OPB in regards to people with disabilities. I cringe when I hear reporters talking about "disabled people," or, in your mental health stories, "the mentally ill," or "bipolar people."
I think this is the perfect opportunity to talk about person-first language. The Americans with Disabilities Act uses person-first language. It is not the "Disabled Americans" Act. The language we use can seem like a simple thing, but the effecsts are enormous. No matter what kind of disability someone has, I hope we can look at people as PEOPLE first. I choose to talk about myself and others as "a person with...." vs. "a disabled person."
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