@jayeless I agree with everything you've said here! The specific circle where I've seen a preference for identity-first language is among autism self-advocates. My brother, for example, prefers to be called "an autistic person" rather than a "person with autism" because he feels his neurodivergence is part of who he is. I also have dabbled in reading about critical disability theory, so my head is full of ideas about different models of disability (medical vs. social) and other stuff that most people don't think much about but academics like to go on about. I myself am variably disabled, but it took me a long time to own that identity. Also, even the authors of this study fail to specify in their abstract and introduction that they're talking about physical disabilities. (Plus their use of Amazon Mechanical Turk as a recruiting tool has me giving them the side-eye but whatever.)
@KimberlyHirsh Thank you for your comment! That is very true, I am aware of autistic peeps (generally) preferring the kind of language you're talking about. I have done a little reading into the social model of disability; certainly what I have read really resonated with me.
@jayeless Very well written, agree with much of it, and as a person with limited physical disabilities, (well, I am very overweight), but with mental disabilities, (and it's not that I'm having a hard time understanding things, but I do have Generalized Anxiety Disorder).
Oh, don't get me started on the "You are experiencing that it is such and such…” That way of plainly killing any concerns one have is just awful. Rather say “I hear your concerns, but I don’t agree from my point of view”, or something. Don’t just dismiss my thoughts like I don’t even have a brain.
@jayeless Your post is excellent, and 💯on your emphasis on seeing people as complex, real individuals. If personhood isn't about encountering people as unique and distinct, I don't know what it's about.