Words with dignity

The following terms are suggested to describe persons with disabilites:

Instead of...Use...

Disabled, handicapped, crippledPerson with a disability, people with disabilities
Crippled by, afflicted with, suffering from, deformedPerson who has...or, Person with...
LamePerson who has a mobility impairment?
Confined, bound, restricted to 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 an intellectual disability
Spastic (as a noun)?Person with Cerebral Palsy
Physically challenged?Person with a physical disability
Mental patient, mentally ill, mental, insane?Person who has a mental illness, schizophrenia
Learning disabled, learning difficulty?Person with a learning disability
Visually impaired (as a collective noun), blind?People who have a visual impairment
Disabled sport??????????Sport for athletes with disabilities
Disabled communityDisabilty community?

Compiled from:

Active Living Alliance For Canadians With A Disability


Glenn Roy Blundon Centre for Students With Disabilities

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552