Remember that every person is different and it is better to approach someone and ask then to say the wrong thing.
- Use positive language – instead of ‘suffers from’ or is ‘confined to ‘ a wheel chair use’ has’ and ‘ mobility aid’
- Common phrases- there are many everyday phrases that many disabled people are happy to use. For example, individuals that use a wheelchair may still use the phrase 'going for a walk’ and people with visual impairments may use the term ‘to see you’. Having an impairment may just mean that some things are done in a different way. However, if you use non inclusive language to be discriminatory, this is not tolerated.
- Food for thought – words to consider
Has (name of condition impairment or disability)
Confined to wheelchair
Wheel chair user
With a learning disability
Or has learning disabilities
Person with mental health condition or Mental illness
Deaf and dumb
Deaf /Deaf or BSL person with a hearing impairment
People with visual impairments; blind people; blind and partially sighted people
Someone with restricted growth