Preferred Language Guide

We all know that words can be very powerful, and the way we chose to describe someone can have an impact on how it is seen. One of the things that we work towards as a charity is ensuring that the right language is used throughout society.  By using the right language you can help us raise awareness and challenge negative stereotypes of Down’s syndrome.

Mind Your Language from Down’s Syndrome Scotland on Vimeo.

Please take a minute to read the following language guidelines and help us spread positive language.

People with Down’s syndrome are all unique individuals and should be acknowledged as a person first and foremost. Down’s syndrome is only a part of a person, this is why we always use people first language.