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.