People First Language Pledge of Respect

Please join the San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council (CCPC), San Mateo County Office of Education and the County of San Mateo in promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in our community through the use of respectful language for people with special needs and disabilities.

The CCPC takes the lead in planning and advocating for quality care and early education for all children birth to 14 years of age in San Mateo County and supports the integration of children with special needs into early care and education programs. The CCPC believes in equity, acceptance and respect for all children.

Therefore, the CCPC has adopted a Definition and Vision for Inclusion of Children with Special Needs and is promoting the use of People First Language.

Using People First Language places the person ahead of his/her label or disability. It is the first step towards promoting positive perceptions and attitudes about people with disabilities.

If you believe in using respectful language, then we invite you to publicly adopt the Pledge of Respect for Children with Special Needs. Add your voice to ours.

We Need You. Help promote inclusion of children with special needs through the use of People First Language.

  1. Sign the online Pledge of Respect for Children with Special Needs.
  2. Ask your agency to adopt People First Language. Sign the Pledge of Respect as an organization.
  3. Paste the link to the pledge into your website to help spread the word!
  4. Inform others about People First Language and encourage them to sign the pledge. Download, print and display your pledge to share it with others!
  5. View the individuals and organizations who have signed the Pledge of Respect here.

To sign the pledge electronically, please use this form: