In this episode, you’ll learn some disability vocabulary so that you can talk about disability without offending anyone by using politically incorrect or wrong words.
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Voice message from Daniela from Argentina.
Studying for IELTS
I’m coming across X
withX words like…
to make an adverb, add -ly to the end of the adjective:
Voice message from Carla from Rio de Janeiro
‘I will try to be brief’
‘A euphemism’ (let go-fired, pass away-die)
‘Something less harsh’
Congratulations on finishing your undergraduate in tourism!
“Someone who is handicapped has a physical or mental disability that prevents them from living a totally normal life. Many people who have a disability find this word offensive.” (source: collinsdictionary.com)
Outdated words to avoid
Handicap – handicapped
An invalid (noun) – extremely offensive these days
A cripple – crippled – extremely offensive these days
Dumb – unable to speak
Midget (‘a person of short stature’/’a person with restricted growth’)
Disabled (Collins dictionary says that this word is suitable) The antonym is ‘’non-disabled or ‘person without a disability not X
The correct term is “disability” – a person with a disability. If you put the person first because the person is more important than his or her disability.
A person with a mental health disability/learning disability/emotional disability/physical disability/speech disability.
Functional diversity – a very modern and PC term for disability.
Also, ‘visually impaired’ (blind – blindness)
‘Hard-of-hearing’ (deaf – deafness),
Deaf-Blindness (also referred to as dual sensory impairment): A combination of both visual and hearing impairments.
More useful words
Access (access aisle) – accessibility (in apps and on websites – screen readers) – accessible (facility, tourism)
Wheelchair accessible/ wheelchair friendly
Amputee: Someone who has had one or more limbs amputated
Sign language / signing
Caregiver or carer
Mobility aid (walking stick, crutches, walking frames, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, white cane, guide dog)
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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