person-first language

Why I Use and Advocate for Identity-First Language

Why I Use and Advocate for Identity-First Language

You have probably noticed in posts throughout my Love Disabled Life blog that I often write "disabled people" rather than "people with disabilities." This is known as "identity-first" language and not "person-first" language. Identity-first language embraces the term (or label) of disability as being at one with the identity of who a person is. The same as a person would do if they were referring to themselves racially or ethnically. For example it is not common nomenclature to say "person with a Swedishness" (I, happen to be of Swedish heritage) You would say, Swedish person.