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Honors 440 - Healthcare reDesign

Disabilities and the US Healthcare System

In Week 6, you will learn about persons with disabilities in the United States. Below are helpful resources to become familiar with this group including fact sheets, articles, videos, interactive data and books available from UNLV Libraries.


Person First Language

“People First Language” (PFL) puts the person before the disability, and describes what a person has, not who a person is. PFL uses phrases such as “person with a disability,” “individuals with disabilities,” and “children with disabilities,” as opposed to phrases that identify people based solely on their disability, such as “the disabled.”

The phrase “mental retardation” is offensive and outdated.  The terms “developmental disability,” “cognitive disability,” or “intellectual disability” may be substituted as more respectful options.

Source: DC Government Office of Disability Rights 

Interactive Data

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