Vanguard Landing is dedicated to treating each resident and participant with the respect that they deserve. Each individual that participates in programs at Vanguard Landing brings a variety of unique skills, talents, and personality to the community. Vanguard Landing stands by the philosophy that all individuals, regardless of their individual needs, are equal and should be viewed as so. One way that Vanguard Landing accomplishes this is through adopting and living by People First Language. This form of communication is a way to reflect our respect for individuals with disabilities by choosing words that describe them accurately. People First Language emphasizes on the individual first, not the disability. For example, instead of saying “handicapped or disabled child”, with People First Language we would say “a child with a disability”. Another common example is instead of labeling an individual as “autistic”, we would say “a child with autism”. People First Language is a wonderful form of communication to start practicing so that not only do all individuals receive the respect they deserve, but this communication trend will be used by family and friends as well!