How We Describe Ourselves

While we discussed people first language versus identity first language a few months ago in a post,, it’s important to revisit the issue when a new twist arises.

And one has. In episode 7 of the Boldly Blind podcast, we discuss how over the past few years, people who experience varying degrees of sight loss other than total blindness have begun preferring the term low-vision instead of visually impaired. That’s understandable since speaking of oneself as being impaired gets the perception of being a bad thing. Low-vision, then, becomes a nice work-around for many because it does describe the condition.

So, in this seventh episode of the Boldly Blind podcast, we review when we might use people first language and when we may not. As noted before in many social settings, many of us still prefer speaking more casually, e.g. the blind pianist, the blind athlete, the blind director.

Take a listen, learn and as always, leave a comment if you so choose.

3 thoughts on “How We Describe Ourselves

  1. Hi David,

    Wanted to listen to the podcast on update to people first language.

    The link doesn’t seem to help me. Any advise?


    Jim Rinehart

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. I discovered some further discrepancies in the way the podcast links. So, until I’m able to get things where no one has to log in to a service to listen to the podcast, episodes will be on hold. Hopefully, this won’t take long to fix and the episodes will be able to be viewed again.


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