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Stop Using Labels that Stereotype People with Disabilities

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 7:35 PM

We are all human and use terms that devalue others without knowing it. Once we overcome it ourselves, we can teach others that we should not categotize those with disabilities in a negative way.

Some terms that we should not use are the following:

  • The handicapped; the disabled
  • The autistic
  • The deaf
  • Is deaf and dumb' mute a dwarf; midget
  • He/she has a birth defect
  • Handicapped buses, bathrooms, hotel rooms, etc;
  • Handicapped parking

 

Instead we should use:

 

  • People/individuals with disabilities; a person with a disability
  • A person who has autism
  • A person who is deaf/has a hearing impairement/losee/hard of hearing
  • A person who is deaf and cannot speak/has a speech disorder; uses a communication devices or synthetic speech
  • He/she is of small or short stature
  • Accessible buses,bathrooms, etc;
  • Reserved parking for people with disabilities

 

Categories: Disability Discrimination

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