Publication by ALL member Emma Smith and colleagues in Assistive Technology: The Official Journal of RESNA

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Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 11:30

Assisiting Living and Learning (ALL) Institute member and Marie Curie fellow, Emma Smith, alongside colleagues Krista L. Best, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration Université Laval, W. Ben Mortensen, and Zach Lauzière-Fitzgerald, both of the Rehabilitation Research Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute University of British Columbia, entitled, 'Language matters! The long-standing debate between identity-first language and person first language' an editorial recently published in Assistive Technology: The Official Journal of RESNA 


There has been a long-standing debate about person-first versus identify-first language in the study of disability. In other words, whether it is more acceptable to describe someone as a “disabled person” or “a person with a disability.” As language, culture and society evolve, it is becoming increasingly difficult for authors of scientific papers to select appropriate language when communicating scientific findings.

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