ERIC Number: ED410575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Putting People First: Guidelines for Writing and Speaking about People with Disabilities.
American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.
This booklet contains suggestions for writing and speaking about people with disabilities to help place the primary focus on the identity of an individual who has an entire range of human experiences, rather than on the individual's disability. The booklet begins with three suggestions for writing about people with disabilities: emphasize the individual; be accurate; and portray people as active participants in daily life. The booklet then presents definitions and examples of preferred language to use when writing or speaking about AIDS, the blind or visually impaired, congenital disability, deaf or hard of hearing, developmental disability, disability, Down Syndrome, handicap, learning disability, mental disability, mental disorder, mental retardation, spastic, seizure, speech disorder, and stroke. (Contains 17 references and a 17-item list of resources.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.