Words with Dignity
Language is powerful. Use respectful terms when referencing persons with disabilities.
If in doubt, ask.
|person with diabetes, arthritis, etc.||afflicted with, suffers from|
|person with a disability||the disabled, the handicapped|
|person with a mental illness, person with a mental health issue||mentally ill, insane, crazy, psychotic|
|person who is hard of hearing, person who is Deaf||the Deaf|
|person who is Deaf-Blind||Deaf and dumb, Deaf mute|
|person with Downs Syndrome, person with an intellectual disability, person with a developmental disability||Downs,imbecile, mentally retarded, mentally challenged|
|person who is blind, person who is visually impaired||the blind|
|person who stutters, person with a communication disability||stutterer, speech handicapped|
|person with a mobility disability, person with a spinal cord injury||physically challenged, crippled|
|person who uses a wheelchair||confined to a wheelchair, wheelchair bound|
|accessible parking, accessible washrooms||handicapped parking, handicapped washrooms|
|person without a disability||normal|
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Winnipeg MB R3C 0J7
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