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Words with Dignity

Jan 17th 2011 at 2:50 PM


Property of the disABILITIES Awareness Program of The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre

Words with Dignity


People with a disability should be described in words and expressions that portray them with dignity




Instead of... Disabled, handicapped, crippled

Use... Person(s) with a disability.



Instead of... Crippled by, afflicted with, suffering from, victim of, deformed

Use... Person who has...or, Person with...



Instead of... Lame

Use... Person who is mobility impaired.



Instead of... Confined, bound, restricted to or dependent on a wheelchair

Use... Person who uses a wheelchair



Instead of... Deaf and dumb, deaf mute, hearing impaired

Use... Person who is deaf, hard of hearing



Instead of... Retarded, mentally retarded

Use... Person with Person with a developmental disability



Instead of... Spastic (as a noun),

Use... Person who has spasms



Instead of... Physically challenged

Use... Person with a physical disability



Instead of... Mental patient, mentally ill, mental, insane

Use... Person with a mental illness, Person who has schizophrenia



Instead of... Learning disabled, learning difficulty –

Use... Person with a learning disability



Instead of... Blind (the), visually impaired (the)

Use... Persons who are visually impaired, blind



Instead of... Disabled sport Sport for athletes with disabilities

Use... Sport for athletes with disabilities



Instead of... Disabled/handicapped parking

Use... Accessible parking


Source: “A Way with Words and Images”, Social Development Canada


In general, remember...

 Describe the person, not the disability; the person is not their diagnosis or disability

 Refer to a person’s disability only when it is relevant

 Avoid images and words designed to evoke pity or guilt

 If you want to help, ASK permission first, then LISTEN! Not everyone wants or needs your help.

 Recognize that persons with disabilities are exactly that - people (first) who happen to have a disability

 Treat persons with disabilities with respect, honest and sensitivity, as you would anyone else




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Jan 19th 2011 at 12:01 PM by nostate
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