Do you know how unpleasant words and expressions which describe disability and which we still unintentionally use can be for disabled persons eg. cripple, invalid?
Do you know how negatively charged, discriminating and stigmatising such words and expressions are?
Do you know where they come from, their etymology, why we use them and why we should stop using them?
And finally, do you know how such negative words and expressions can be replaced with modern language which does not offend anyone?
If your answer to all the above questions is “no” or “I don’t know”, it may be worthwhile to have a closer look at this site which we have prepared with all those in mind who - rather than wanting to be politically correct - wish to show understanding, mindfulness and empathy towards the largest minority in each society, that is disabled persons.
This site is intended for opinion-forming groups: teachers, journalists, entrepreneurs and officials of any rank.
No social minority wants to be offended, including by words and expressions uttered to and about its members.
Below please find some negative and positive terms describing disabled persons and disability.
|Stigmatising terms||Recommended terms|
|cripple, invalid, sufferer, handicapped, differently able, wronged by fate||a disabled person|
|the disabled||disabled people|
|the blind||a blind person/people, visually impaired person/people, partially sighted person/people|
|the deaf and dumb||a deaf/Deaf person, deaf people/hard of hearing people, hearing impaired person/people|
|a child/person with special needs||a disabled child/person|
|special needs||specific requirements|
|an invalid wheelchair||wheelchair|
|confined/chained to a wheelchair||a wheelchair user, a person using a wheelchair|
|retarded, a retard||a person with cognitive impairment, mental retardation, developmental disability|
|a psycho, a psychopath, a paranoid, a mental, a freak||a person with mental health difficulties|
|schizophrenic, schizo, schizoid||a person who has schizophrenia|
|epileptic||a person with epilepsy|
|autistic||a person who has autism|
|Downs, Mongoloid, Mongol, Mong, Panface||a person/child with Down’s Syndrome|
a person with cerebral palsy,a person with mobility disability
|diabetic||a person who has diabetes|
|a child/person of special care||a disabled child/person|
|wronged by fate||a person with a disability|
|dyslexic||a person with dyslexia|