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People First Language Reflects Our Times And Culture
May 20, 2003

GREELEY, COLORADO--A brief item in the Greeley Tribune looked at the power of words as they describe people with disabilities.

Matt Schuman pointed out that words such as "crippled" and "handicapped" may have had their place at one time, but not anymore

"So the phrase 'people with disabilities' has become the most accepted description for today," wrote Schuman. "It emphasizes that people with disabilities are people first who happen to have a physical or developmental condition that limits them in some way, just as other people in society have limits."

Schuman predicted that other terms such as "physically challenged", "handicapable" or "differently abled" may also some day be considered outdated.

Entire article:
"Long road to independence" (Greeley Tribune)


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