Who Wouldn't Want To Be Put First?
Start writing a post

Who Wouldn't Want To Be Put First?

Imagine, for a moment, if you weren't.

Who Wouldn't Want To Be Put First?
Newham London

Everyone likes to think that they are being put first. Whether it is your family or friends, it’s nice to think that you are being put above all else. But imagine if you, as a person, were not being put first. What if people pointed you out by your characteristics, rather than identifying you as a person first: “that awkward girl?" It doesn’t feel so great, does it?

If you are in a helping profession, such as Counseling, Rehabilitation or Occupational Therapy (to name a few), you know that what I am referring to is called person first language. In person first language, you are putting an individual before their disability. Instead of saying “the wheelchair-bound boy," say, “the boy who is in the wheelchair." Instead of “the autistic girl”, say “the girl with autism."

Even though it seems like a little flip of a sentence, you are making a huge difference in the individual’s life. You are empowering the individual and proving that they are more than just their disability. You are crushing the stigma that with this disability, the individual can only do so much. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that just because an individual has a disability, doesn’t mean they are limited. People with disabilities are able to do the same tasks as people without disabilities, they just do them differently.

According to World Bank, 15 percent, or one billion people, of the world’s population, are disabled, making person first language very important. Chances are, you will encounter someone with a disability every day for the rest of your life. Today it’s more common to see people with disabilities in the media than in the past. They are Olympians, models, news reporters and actors and actresses.

Many people do not understand what person first language is and its importance, but don’t worry, you are not alone. Big news stations, such as CNN, are still using headlines such as “United Airlines Apologizes After Disabled Man Crawls Off Flight”.

By educating yourself and others about person first language, a lot can be affected. By using person first language, you are slowly, but surely, making a difference in this world. You are combating the idea that people with disabilities are limited. Headlines across multiple news stations will be changed. Most importantly, you are empowering the individual.

Hopefully next time you encounter a person with disabilities, you’ll think twice about the words you use.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments