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Alternative forms 
people first language, People-First language, People First language, "people-first" language, "people first" language
- politically correct language referring to disabilities by avoiding adjectives or the copula.
- "people first" language, which refers to the person first and the disability second: "Americans with disabilities," for example, rather than "disabled Americans", letter to the editor of BusinessWeek, published in Issue 3059 (1988).