Discarding Language that is Hurtful to Persons with Disabilities

By Sarah Daniel Jacob

May 2020 FEATURE
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RESPECTFUL DISABILITY LANGUAGE (RDL) is concerned with the subtleties of the terminology used to refer to, or to communicate with persons with disabilities (PwDs). For example, a people-first approach shuns identification through disability, thus “people who are blind” is preferred to “blind people”; while an identity-first approach indicates that the disability forms a large part of the person’s identity. Ultimately, the choice of using either people-first or disability-first jargon is for the PwD to decide. But RDL extends beyond words...

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Sarah Daniel Jacob

is a social media ethnographer who loves coffee, Star Wars, floorball and tennis. But ultimately, her passion for writing and comedy is undeniable. She’s basically a grammar nazi who loves making people laugh.