How do you describe a person with a disability?

Do you use a wheelchair for mobility? Have you ever used a wheelchair? I have. Although it was temporary, the experience sensitized me like nothing before to the words and images people use when describing a person who is disabled or who uses a wheelchair.disabled-sign publicdomainnet

Some descriptions and terms have disappeared from popular use in the past few decades. Some, however, still linger. The National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) has put together a list of terms to avoid when writing about disability. Here is the link to that article:


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