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Your UCP: National September 11, 2003
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Positive Language Empowers

Affirmative Phrases

Negative Phrases

Person with mental retardation Retarded, mentally defective
Person who is blind, person who is visually impaired The blind
Person with a disability The disabled, handicapped
Person who is deaf, person who is hard of hearing Suffers a hearing loss, the deaf
Person who has multiple sclerosis Afflicted by MS
Person with cerebral palsy CP victim
Person with epilepsy, person with seizure disorder Epileptic
Person who uses a wheelchair Confined or restricted to a wheelchair
Person who has muscular dystrophy Stricken by MD
Physically disabled Crippled, lame, deformed
Person without a disability Normal person (implies that the person with a disability isn't normal)
Unable to speak, uses synthetic speech Dumb, mute
Seizure Fit
Successful, productive Has overcome his/her disability; courageous (when it implies the person has courage because of having a disability)
Person with psychiatric disability Crazy, nuts
Person who no longer lives in an institution The deinstitutionalized
Says she/he has a disability Admits she/he has a disability

Source: The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities


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