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Words With Dignity

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The following terms are suggested when describing a person with a disability.  
If in doubt, ask.


Instead of...
Use..

Disabled, handicapped, crippled
Person(s) with a disability

 

Crippled by, afflicted with, suffering from, victim of, deformed
Person who has...or, Person with...

 

Lame
Person who is mobility impaired

 

Confined, bound, restricted to or dependent on a wheelchair
Person who uses a wheelchair

 

Deaf and dumb, deaf mute, hearing impaired
Person who is Deaf, hard of hearing

 

Retarded, mentally retarded
Person with a developmental disability

 

Spastic (as a noun)
Person with Cerebral Palsy

 

Physically challenged
Person with a physical disability 

 

Mental Patient, mentally ill, mental, insane
Person with a mental illness, Person who has schizophrenia, Person who has...

 

Learning Disabled, learning difficulty
Person with a Learning Disability

 

Visually impaired (as a collective noun)
Persons who are visually impaired, blind