Words to Lose vs. Words to Use

By February 3, 2019 February 5th, 2019 Special Needs

When describing a person who has a disability, the descriptors we choose can be thoughtful or hurtful. Here are some more thoughtful alternatives to use when describing a disability:

Words to Lose Words to Use
crippled, spastic, gimpcerebral palsy, paraplegia, physical disability
autistichas autism or an ASD
handicapdisability
insane, crazy, crayhas a psychiatric disability
wheelchair-bound or confineduses a wheelchair
stricken, victim, suffering fromhad or has a disability
mentally challengedhas an intellectual disability

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