Special Needs Blog

Words to Lose vs. Words to Use

When describing a person who has a disability, the descriptors we choose can be thoughtful or hurtful. Here are some more thoughtful alternatives to use when describing a disability:
Words to Lose Words to Use
crippled, spastic, gimpcerebral palsy, paraplegia, physical disability
autistichas autism or an ASD
handicapdisability
insane, crazy, crayhas a psychiatric disability
wheelchair-bound or confineduses a wheelchair
stricken, victim, suffering fromhad or has a disability
mentally challengedhas an intellectual disability