Do you know what People First language is? I'd be willing to be a full 50% of people reading my blog don't know...and I consider that a good thing. When you have a baby with Down syndrome you learn a lot very fast. What it is. What goes along with it. Heart, thyroid, nose, ears. Therapy. And the proper way to talk about Down syndrome and people who bear the extra chromosome. (Now I know I'm gonna shock some here) I don't get it. Why in the world do we need a set of rules about the proper way to talk about Down syndrome? The theory is that it shows respect, but the way I see it requiring people to speak with "People First Language" puts the people second. By making a set of rules that must be followed you are now putting more focus on words and language than you are on the human being you're supposed to be talking to or about.