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Here’s some tips to help you feel more confident talking about disability.
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Every disabled person talks about their disability in a different way. Get to know them and you’ll find out their preference. If you really need to know about their disability, the best way to ask is probably “how should I refer to your impairment?”.
Okay, so it’s a bit embarrassing, but it’s not the end of the world. Slips of the tongue happen all the time, so apologise or laugh it off, but don’t go too over the top. It’s rare for a wheelchair user to say “let’s go for a wheel around the park”.
Disabled people do sometimes face barriers getting out and about, but be cool - wheeling out the “you’re so brave!” line is a bit patronising. Loads of disabled people lead really active lives.
There are some words that many disabled people find hurtful or harsh because they:
suggest disabled people are helpless
are often used abusively.
Some disabled people may use controversial language when talking about themselves. That’s their choice, but it doesn’t mean they’d be happy for you to use it.
Here are some tips on language that’s largely preferred:
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