Person-First and Identity-First Language
Learn more about the use of person-first and identity-first language when communicating about people with disabilities.
Person-first language emphasizes the person before the disability, for example “person who is blind” or “people with spinal cord injuries.” Identity-first language puts the disability first in the description, e.g., “disabled” or “autistic." Person-first or identify-first language is equally appropriate depending on personal preference. When in doubt, ask the person which they prefer.
It is important to note that while person-first language is often used in more formal writing, many people with disabilities, particularly younger people, are choosing to use identity-first language. How a person chooses to self-identify is up to them, and they should not be corrected or admonished if they choose not to use person-first language.