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Date: 2017-05-23 05:35 pm (UTC)
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I can totally see how it's calqued on terms like person of color and person with a disability, but even those are not always the right choice in all circumstances

My teeth grind every time I see PWD. I recognise that some people feel that they need to emphasise that we are not our disabilities, but for some of us our disabilities are very much inseparable parts of us, and some prominent disability groups explicitly reject PWD as a label. It's a label that I see as largely based in well-meaning ignorance.

There is certainly a trend towards prefering to say "Jewish person" or "Jewish people", but I'm not sure that should be an absolute rule for all possible contexts. Sometimes insisting on that adjective, that person-centred language as it were, sounds stilted and over-corrected.

I've repeatedly seen non-disabled people insist that disabled people use PWD, even tell them they are "wrong" to call themselves disabled, even when they are members of groups, such as the neurodiverse and Deaf, who explicitly reject PWD. I normally call it 'Clueless Ally Syndrome'.
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