“The problem was that disabled people are stigmatized and as a result, things associated with them including language become associated with that stigma.”
Image Description: a hand places disability label cards onto illustrations of children. Still taken from this youtube video
I have written about the importance of language as it relates to disability before. To oppose the idea that clear language should be avoided in favour of what can best be described as pretending difference doesn’t exist to opposing the replacement of clear language with euphemisms.
Euphemisms are rampant in disability discourse. There is this misguided idea that disability must be softened and made palatable.
This comes from general assumptions that the word disabled is negative and shouldn’t be used to describe people and from watching words that relate to disability be adopted by society as insults.
The best example of this can be seen in the evolution of language around intellectual disability. In the early, to mid-20th-century people began to realize that language utilized to describe intellectual disability had been…
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