Language is very important in how we think about the world. It is important to respect the language that people with disability use to describe themselves.
The commonly accepted language to describe Down syndrome is:
a person with Down syndrome or a person who has Down syndrome.
If you are referring to how a person with disability learns and communicates you may also say:
"a person with an intellectual disability."
You should not use negative language such as:
People with Down syndrome are not by definition ‘special’, ‘poor’ or ‘unfortunate’.
Use plain language and speak respectfully. Try to look directly at the person you are speaking to. Try to not make assumptions about how much the person can understand.
A few key things to keep in mind when communicating with a person with Down syndrome:
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