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Disability etiquette

Knowing about disability etiquette is important. Today more people with disabilities are active participants in community life. When you speak about people with disabilities, you can say the person first, not the disability. Instead of saying “the disabled,” say “people with disabilities.” When you put the word “people” first, you emphasize the person instead of the disability. The disability is only one aspect of a whole person. (People First Guide to Understanding Developmental Disabilities available through the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities, www.nccdd.org.)

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities UNC Center for Development and Learning

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