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Disability Etiquette

As greater numbers of persons with disabilities take advantage of the opportunities open to them in higher education, it becomes increasingly important that colleges and universities promote an environment that is positive for persons with disabilities. One of the strongest and easiest ways is appropriate language usage.

The recommended manner is known as "person first" language. This means that the person is emphasized first, and the disability second.

Acceptable Terms Unacceptable Terms
Person with a disability Handicapped person
Individual without speech Mute, dumb
Student who is deaf or hearing-impaired Deaf student
Person who has a mental illness or psychiatric disability Crazy, schizo, psycho, nuts
Student with a developmental disability Retarded, idiot
Individual who uses a wheelchair or wheelchair user Confined/restricted to a wheelchair, wheelchair bound
Student who has a learning disability Slow learner, learning-disabled
Adapted from Springfield Technical Community College - Students with Disabilities in the Classroom: A Resource Guide for Faculty and Staff

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