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Language Guide

Covering people with disabilities can be difficult as there are many different language considerations and conflicting views regarding this. The best advice given is ensure that the interviewee is comfortable with the language terms that you're using in your article. For your convenience a best practice guide is below.

Recommended term
has a disability

Not Recommended
Suffers from a disability, disability sufferer, a victim of, is disabled, stricken with, afflicted with, Invalid, handicapped, cripple and similar variations

Recommended term
in a wheelchair

Not Recommended
Wheelchair bound, confined to a wheelchair, restricted to a wheelchair

Recommended term
Person without a disability

Not Recommended
Normal

Not Recommended
Physically handicapped

Recommended term
With a physical disability

Not Recommended
Mentally handicapped, retard, imbecile, idiot and similar terms

Recommended term
With a intellectual disability

Not Recommended
insane, crazy, deranged and similar words

Recommended term
with a emotional disorder, with a mental illness

Not Recommended
Labeling people or groups of people by their disabilities

The blind, blind people = people that experience blindness
The deaf, deaf people = people that experience deafness
Autistic people = people that experience Autism
Hemiplegic = person who has hemiplegia
Quadriplegic = person who has Paraplegic
Paraplegic = person who has paraplegia
Invalid or paralytic = person who is paralyzed

Not Recommended
Birth defect

Recommended term
Person with a disability that has existed from birth

Not Recommended
Deaf mute

Recommended term
Person who communicates with sign language

Not Recommended
Fits, spastic

Recommended term
Has/experiencing seizures

Not Recommended
C.P., palsied, spastic

Recommended term
Cerebral Palsy

Not Recommended
Mongoloid

Recommended term
Person who has Down's Syndrome

Not Recommended
Leper, person with leprosy
Person who has Hansen's Disease

Recommended term
Person who has Hansen's Disease

Not Recommended
Epileptic

Recommended term
Person who has epilepsy

Not Recommended
Labeling things a disease when they're not

Recommended term
Condition

Not Recommended
Harelip

Recommended term
Person who has a cleft lip

Not Recommended
Lame

Recommended term
Person who has a mobility impairment



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