We Place People First
At Changing Lives Today, we have adopted a People First Language (PFL) approach which represents more respectful, accurate ways of communicating. People with disabilities are not their diagnoses or disabilities; they are people, first.
PFL is not about “political correctness,” it’s about good manners and The Golden Rule. “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you,” is a very harmful myth. Words do matter! They can raise or lower expectations; hurt or help; crush hopes or create dreams; and so much more.
When we adopt new ways of thinking and talking about people with disabilities, we’ll not only exert a positive influence on their lives, but on our society as a whole. We’ve seen the power of language on other groups; we’ve made changes and no longer use ethnic slurs and other harmful descriptors.
Now it’s time to extend that courtesy to the boys, girls, men, and women in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and communities who happen to have disabilities.