Talking with and About People with Disabilities
In the church, we want to use words that heal, not hurt. For example, “Shut-ins,” no. “People who are home-centered,” yes. To foster respectful, appropriate communication with and about people with disabilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a fact sheet that recommends and provides examples of “people first” language in place of language that is considered stereotypical and dehumanizing.