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First Name Basis Podcast

Sep 12, 2019

This episode is the first in a series called "Let's talk language."  Here, we'll discuss how language can be used thoughtfully to communicate respect. We'll explain the importance of "people first" language vs. "identity first" language. This can be challenging, as not all individuals with disabilities or communities prefer the same thing. It's important to listen to the people you're speaking with and respect their preferences about how they should be referred to.


Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode

People First Language by Meriah Nichols  

Autism Self Advocacy Network “Identity First Language” 

Ask an Autistic with Amythest Shaber


Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood