The terminology used to describe individuals with disabilities, is a subject of ongoing debate. The use of person-first language (PFL), such as “person with autism,” is often considered the standard by professionals and organizations. However, some communities of individuals with disabilities, such as the deaf and blind, prefer the use of identity-first language (IFL), such as “autistic person.” According to published and unpublished research, individuals with autism also often prefer IFL. Despite this, many professionals and researchers continue to use PFL. The current study evaluated Autistics’ language preferences (IFL versus PLF), relative to diagnosis method, co-occurring disabilities, and rating on a self-report autism measure with a sample of 247 Autistics.
Language Matters: Research On IFL & PFL | Ethics & DEI CEU Credits: 2
Dr. Jaime Flowers holds the position of Professor of School Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University. Holding a License in Educational Psychology (LEP) in California, and a License as a Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in Texas. Additionally, she is recognized as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Dr. Flowers’ scholarly pursuits are primarily focused on the realms of behavior analytic ethics and functional behavior analysis within educational environments. Her research endeavors contribute significantly to the advancement of knowledge and practices in these critical areas of study.
- Delve into the foundations and principles of Inclusive Language Learning (IFL) and Person-Centered Language Learning (PFL).
- Analyze how these paradigms contribute to a holistic and accessible language education experience.
- Examine cutting-edge research findings in the realm of Inclusive Language Learning and Person-Centered Language Learning.
- Assess the implications of recent studies for language educators and learners.