In looking into and comparing the differences between IDEA (1990) with Public Law 94 – 142 it became clear why congress used people first language. Using people first language makes the law seem more personal. When a decision maker or anyone involved in a case can see past the labeled disability they will then be able to focus on what the child needs. It is important for people working with others that have disabilities to be able to see potential in each of their cases and not just classify them in a group of other similarly labeled cases. People first language helps to move away from stereotypes and the negative connotation being just a label can have.
It actually surprises me a bit because in this case they are/were drawing away from political correctness. It was an important part in the changing of Public Law 94 – 142. Overall, I think that using people first language in the revision of IDEA sets the law up for success. It is a positive step in the right direction. This change among the many is an intrigual part of IDEA and sets itself apart from most other laws out there. I don’t know exactly why congress decided on this change, but I believe that it is a part that should be respected because it is putting the person in front of the disability not defining the person by the disability.