People with developmental disabilities are people.
This is obvious, but often times this isn’t the way most speak. At Loveland Center we use
people first language, we put people before the disability. For example, it is not “that Down syndrome guy,” it should be “the man with Down syndrome.” Even further, if possible, don’t define anyone by his or her disability. Put people first.
“Our words and the meanings we attach to them create attitudes, drive social policies and laws, influence our feelings and affect people’s daily lives. How we use words makes a difference. People First Language puts the person before the disability. It describes what a person has, not who a person is. Using a diagnosis as a defining characteristic reflects prejudice, and also robs the person of the opportunity to define him/herself.” -Kathy Snow