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“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”
FRANCIS OF ASSISI

People First Language with Down syndrome

People First Language

The goal of the Down syndrome community is to ensure that correct language is used when talking, or writing about individuals with Down syndrome. Words can create barriers and words can be hurtful. Using proper and appropriate terminology can help all individuals lead more enriched and productive lives- simply put, it is also the “right” thing to do!
Here are some basic guidelines for using “People First Language”:

Put People First, Not Their Disability

Use Emotionally Neutral Expressions

Adopt Preferred Language