Training Workers to Use People First Language

Training Workers to Use People First Language Indicator of Quality 7.4  People First Language

People First Language is used in all facets of the program.


Rationale:  Use of People First Language demonstrates sensitivity to the dignity of all individuals.


Key Factors for Consideration

People First Language is used:

By the staff (and training is required for all workers) In program publications In all other facets of the program

The attached training presentation was prepared for a hospital that decided to incorporate People First Language as a community service initiative. It has been adapted to be a generic presentation that can be used by any organization to introduce People First Language. If desired, the Pass It On Center logo on the title page can be replaced with the logo of the AT Reuse program (or another organization). However, no changes should be made the final slide of credits, acknowledgements and disclaimers. For additional information and materials, see the article People First Language.


Please note that by selecting an Internet link you will be directed to an external site, and the Pass It On Center does not control the content of the site.



This work is supported under a five-year cooperative agreement # H235V060016 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and is administered by the Pass It On Center of the Georgia Department of Labor – Tools for Life.  However, the contents of this publication do not necessarily represent the policy or opinions of the Department of Education, or the Georgia Department of Labor, and the reader should not assume endorsements of this document by the Federal government or the Georgia Department of Labor.





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Title: Training Workers to Use People First Language
Module: Emergency Mgmt
Author: Trish Redmon
Audience: Administrator
Sub Title:
Procedure: teaching people first language
Organization Source: Pass It On Center
Last Reviewed: 08-29-2013 3:56 PM