Person First Language

  • No matter what kind of special needs your Buddy may have, she or he is a person first. In Best Buddies, we use People Firstlanguage to convey the idea that a person is not defined by their disability, but rather is a person who has a disability.

    You wouldnt describe a person with a broken leg as a broken-legged person. In the same way, using people first language, you would not describe a person with an intellectual disability as a disabledperson. It is more respectful to describe the person as “a person with a disability”.

    You will need to be a leader in your school. Show respect for your Buddy and all people with disabilities through your actions and choice of language.