Let’s start correcting ourselves with the most commonly words used for persons with disabilities, we are using such words in are everyday life without knowing how offensive these can be for the ones living up with one or another disability.
A physically disabled person is physically disabled. In this context, it is appropriate to use mobility impaired to signify the person’s limitations.
Some people who are autistic, blind, deaf, and a few other disabilities embrace their disability as a minority identity.
A person with autism is either neurodiverse, autistic, or an “autie” within the autism community.
A person with asperger’s is either neurodiverse, autistic, or an “aspie” within the autism/asperger’s community.
They are not dismissing the fact that they are disabled – but they are dismissing it as a negative experience. I am autistic. I am an aspie. I am deaf. I am blind. I am disabled.
There are some words, three especially, that have been rejected nearly universally – retardation and any derivative like retard, tard, retarded; spastic and spaz; Cripple and crip. Just like the N word is used between peers – spaz and crip are used between close friends. Retard is not used by anyone to describe themselves.
I hope we can remember these easily and will try to update you with many more wrong terminologies in my next edition.
By: Bilal Ahmed (Director News)