Student Activities
Disabilities
Myths and Realities
STUDENT DISCUSSION ACTIVITY

Myth: The lives of peoplewith disabilities are totallydifferent from those ofmost people

Reality: People withdisabilities attend school and work, develop personal relationshipsraise families. shop, pay taxes, vote, and dream just like everyone else.

Administration for
Children and Families

PEOPLE FIRST LANGUAGE: YES OR NO??
YES
Placing the disability label first leads to defining that person as his/her disability. By placing the person first,
recognition is given to the fact that the person is much more than a label. Disability is just one aspect of
who person is - it does not define who that person is. Words are powerful and shape the way we think.
Society tends toplace stigma and view disability in a negative, problematic way, it is important to use
language in a way to create amore positive image.
NO
By promoting people first language, one is accepting that disability is a bad word or a negative
characteristic rather than a source of pride. It seems to be promited only for terms that we would consider
problematic or negative. Elizabeth DePoy and others argue that it is euphemistic. "If the modifier is so
heinous as to require personhood to asserted before it, the devaluation of the modifier is pretty obvious."
(DePoy).
What do you think?
 

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