Inclusive language; words to use and words to avoid

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Remember that every person is different and it is better to approach someone and ask then to say the wrong thing.

  1. Use positive language – instead of ‘suffers from’ or is ‘confined to ‘ a wheel chair use’ has’ and ‘ mobility aid’
  2. 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. 
  3. Food for thought – words to consider

 

 

  1. Avoid using

     Consider using

    Handicapped

    Disabled people

    Afflicted by

    Suffers from

    Has (name of condition impairment or disability)

    Victim from

    Confined to wheelchair

    Wheel chair user

    Wheelchair bound

    Mentally handicapped

    With a learning disability

    Or has learning disabilities

    Mentally defective

    Retarded

    Subnormal

    Cripple

    Disabled Person

    Invalid

    Spastic

    Able bodied

    Non-Disabled

    Mental patient

    Person with mental health condition or Mental illness

    Insane

    Mad

    Deaf and dumb

    Deaf /Deaf or BSL person with a hearing impairment

    Deaf mute

    The blind

    People with visual impairments; blind people; blind and partially sighted people

    Dwarf

    Someone with restricted growth

    Midget

    Little people

    Fits

    Seizures

    Spells

    attacks

     

     

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