People First Language

  • People First Language recognizes that individuals with disabilities are - first and foremost - people. It emphasizes each person's value, individuality, dignity and capabilities. The following examples provide guidance on what terms to use and which ones are inappropriate when talking or writing about people with disabilities. You can also download background information about People First Language and the People First handout.

TCDD People First Language Handout

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  • Prepared by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, 6201 East Oltorf, Suite 600, Austin, TX 78741-7509; 512-437-5415 or 1-800-262-0334; http://www.tcdd.texas.gov/.