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Person with a disability

People-first language avoids defining a person in term of their disability. In most cases, this entails placing the reference to the disability after a reference to a person, as in “a person with a disability,” or “a person living with a disability,” rather than “the disabled person.” In North America, “person with a disability” is the preferred reference as the person is not defined by their disability. Note that people-first language is not preferred by all people with disabilities. Specifically, some members of the autism and Deaf communities prefer identity-first language, for example “She is autistic”.