Posted on February 8, 2018
I hate people who are clueless about a topic but still decides to stick their head in and judge. I hate how they behave like they know how others feel and start babbling their thoughts out loud. Society should never be the one who dictates how a group of people desires to be labeled. Words have meanings and it can mean various of things to different people. Words also have orders in which they are used in a phrase and this can also influence the nuance of the statement. Throughout her writing, Ladau explores the true meaning of being disabled and how
“Language is never a “one-size-fits-all”” – Emily Ladau. As discussed in earlier writings, it is very hard to predict what a person prefers being called; using PFL to someone can be rude when it can be polite and appropriate for someone else. Ladau has been a disabled person herself and she understands her disability as just a fact of her life. She has encountered many people who didn’t appreciate the fact that people are judging that they want to be addressed in a person-first-language. On the other hand, Fernandes, Debarros, and Li conducted an experiment where the results came out as using person-first-language can be detrimental in living a happy life in society now days. Because so many people are uneducated, this created a social stigma about epilepsy when people with epilepsy were labeled epileptics. Fernandes, Debarros, and Li all recommended using Identity-first-language because of the results which supported greater suffrage by people who were labeled epileptics rather than people who were labeled people with epilepsy. I personally agree to Ladau’s perspective where switching back and forth between person-first-language and identity-first-language while addressing people by the way they prefer is the truest form of disability acceptance.