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People first language (comments to Biz Case)

From: Sharron Rush <srush@knowbility.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:48:46 -0500
Message-ID: <CA++nJxrBCCcd60Sp3OW+CwcY7VrhqJUPLt3yPSwL2S35n3M5sw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Andrew Arch <andrew@intopia.digital>, "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Andrew, thanks for adding your comments and I am considering the ones
around people first language. I am willing to change some of them but ask
you for a bit of forbearance. In the UK  and to some extent in Canada and
the US "disabled" "blind" etc are often used and are not regarded as
disrespectful, depending on context.  My experience is that torturing the
language is not always a necessity and can sometimes belabor the sentence
to the point of awkwardness and become almost a self-parody.  I strongly
feel that the "people first" movement was useful and valuable way to raise
consciousness about how people are regarded.  I also believe that language
can be respectful without having to follow such strict rules in every
single case as to become unnatural and forced. Some of these instances -
"blind students" for example were written by leaders in the field and I do
not want to second guess their choice of how to express themselves.  Other
instances are quotes from scholarly references. So can you give me a break
on some of these or will you insist on people first language in each
instance that it appears in this article?

Entirely different subject: Yours were very last minute comments (we
re-opened the survey which we are happy to do.) But in consideration of the
fact that comments have been open for several weeks, can you next time use
GitHub? It is a real time sink to tease out needed changes from an essay
like this in the comment section. Would you like Robert or another person
who is comfortable to provide a quick refresher on GitHub?  we are happy to
do that and it really makes addressing these comments ever so much easier.

Thanks again for commenting - truly! Please don't let my grumpy response
obstruct the fact that I really need and appreciate your perspective.  I am
very interested in your response to my point of view about this and hope
you take it in that spirit.


Sharron Rush | Executive Director | Knowbility.org | @knowbility
*Equal access to technology for people with disabilities*
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