Dignity

Don’t know where I found this, but it deserves wide circulation

WORDS WITH DIGNITY – PEOPLE FIRST TERMINOLOGY
Instead of:
Afflicted by cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, etc.
Use:
A person who has cerebral palsy. A person who has multiple sclerosis, etc; A person with a disability

Instead of:
Birth defect, congenital defect, deformity
Use:
A person who has a congenital disability. A person with a disability since birth.

Instead of:
Brain damaged
Use:
A person with
a brain injury. A person with an acquired brain injury.

Instead of:
Confined to wheelchair, wheelchair bound
Use:
A person who uses a wheelchair.

Instead of:
Crazy, insane, lunatic, psycho, mental, mental patient, maniac, neurotic, psychotic, unsound mind, schizophrenic
Use:
A person with a mental health disability. (Specifically: A person who has depression. A person with schizophrenia, etc.)

Instead of:
Cripple, crippled, lame, physically challenged, gimp
Use:
A person with a disability, a person with a mobility impairment or, more specifically, a person who walks with crutches, a person who uses a walker, a person who uses a mobility aid, a person with arthritis, etc.

Instead of:
Deaf and dumb, deaf mute
Use:
A person who is deaf without speech

Instead of:
Dwarf
Use:
A person of short stature. A little person. A person with a form of dwarfism.

Instead of:
Epileptic
Use:
A person who has epilepsy

Instead of:
Fits, spells, attacks

Use:
Seizures

Instead of:
Hidden disability. Invisible disability
Use:
Non-visible disability

Instead of:
Learning disabled
Use:
A person with a learning disability

Instead of:
Mentally retarded, idiot, simple, retarded, feeble minded, imbecile
Use:
A person with an intellectual disability

Instead of:
Midget
Use:
A person of short stature. A little person.

Instead of:
Mongoloid, Mongolism
Use:
A person with Down Syndrome.

Instead of:
Normal
Use:
A person without a disability

Instead of:
Physically challenged
Use:
A person with a physical disability

Instead of:
The autistic
Use:
A person with autism. A person with autism spectrum disorder

Instead of:
The blind, the visually impaired
Use:
Person who is blind. A person with a vision loss. A person with vision disability.

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