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 wheelchairPerson who uses a wheelchair
Deaf and dumb, deaf mute, hearing impairedPerson who is Deaf, ...hard of hearing
Retarded, mentally retardedPerson with an intellectual disability
Spastic (as a noun)Person with Cerebral Palsy
Physically challengedPerson with a physical disability
Mental patient, mentally ill, mental, insanePerson who has a mental illness, schizophrenia
Learning disabled, learning difficulty?Person with a learning disability
Visually impaired (as a collective noun), blindPeople who have a visual impairment
Disabled 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