The Facebook Page for the AP Stylebook, a guide for journalists on how to write yesterday made a significant push for person first language. I have for a long time been against the use of person first language being pushed when talking about those with disabilities. Irregardless, it is good that this discussion is being had, however hopefully this discussion includes those with disabilities and not just journalists that write about disabilities.
Not: "confined to a wheelchair" or "wheelchair-bound." Instead: wheelchair user. If a wheelchair is used & relevant to the story, say why.
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) October 10, 2016
Many of those on Twitter further pushed for person first language…
@APStylebook you shpuld put the person first: Person with a wheelchair. They are a person, not a disability.
— Guy Moreau (@gmyxgpws) October 10, 2016
While others agree with me on the stance.
@gmyxgpws person first language is contentious in the community, but I'm not sure why "wheelchair user" doesn't emphasize personhood
— Courtney Hammett❤ (@CourtneyHammett) October 11, 2016
What are your thoughts on this?