A Word About Language & Lexicon, Privilege & Pride

I do not live with a disability right now.

I cannot ever, in good conscience speak to the lived experience of people with disabilities.

The most useful work I can do as an ally is to represent the issues that serve to objectify, isolate, stigmatize and ameliorate people with disabilities.

I can also support people with disabilities to tell their own stories. Good organizations do it all the time, at every turn, with every opportunity.

There…I did it again. I used person-first language. (You will note that is my go-to position-on my blog and in most of my day-to day writing). What I am learning however is that there is more than one path in this regard.

I’m using the LAL method of learning in this journey.



L – Listen to how people refer to themselves,

A – Ask how a person would like to be represented,

L – Listen again, deeply, and with an open heart, doing your best to set aside your own bias, to their answer and to their stories, and then truly honour their choice.


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Identity First language can be a profound expression of pride and the manifestation of self-determination.

I love how you never run out of things to learn in this work.
It’s a road and Inclusive Humanity is on it.

And in the immortal words of Ronald Dahl for heavens sakes… “Don’t gobblefunk around with words”

– Krista J. Davidson-Flint