Disabled people vs people with disabilities - the PC term?
Replies: 47 - Last Post: Sep 22, 2012 8:56 AM Last Post By: nutraxfornerves
Aug 29, 2012 12:13 PM
Disabled people vs people with disabilities - the PC term?I was told that "people with disabilities" is the PC term (NZ English.) However I just heard on the BBC which covered the Paralympics story used "disabled people". Maybe it was a slip of tongue.
What is the PC term these days? How about in other non-English languages (with translation)?
Aug 29, 2012 1:34 PM
Aug 29, 2012 3:12 PM
3Mr. Nutrax uses a wheelchair, so I tend to notice such things.
Here in the US, the disabled, disabled people, or people with disabilities would all be used. Handicapped is still used, and, while not preferred, is usually not too unacceptable, although some dislike it.
"Differently abled" and "temporarily able-bodied" are repellant, as far as I am concerned. "Differently abled" is just plain patronizing.
"Crippled" is beyond repellant.
Aug 29, 2012 3:23 PM
Aug 29, 2012 5:23 PM
5When I was a child people with physical diability were called 'invalids'. They were usually invalidated during the war. The term was widely accepted, somethime used more precisely "war invalids". In shops there used to be signs "Invalids and pregnant women served outside the queue".
Back to the OP - doesn't the English term for para Olympics sound like a pun - "paralimpics"?
Aug 29, 2012 6:59 PM
Aug 30, 2012 3:07 AM
Aug 30, 2012 4:13 AM
Aug 30, 2012 4:22 AM
Aug 30, 2012 8:44 AM
10What is the PC term these days? How about in other non-English languages (with translation)?
Nowadays, in Spanish, the preferred term would be personas con diversidad funcional (click on the link to know about its origins and about other terms used). It isn't widely used though. The translation would be persons -or people- with functional disabilities.
Aug 30, 2012 10:38 AM
11In Mexico the preferred term these days is "personas con capacidades diferentes".
Aug 30, 2012 11:04 AM
Aug 30, 2012 11:38 AM
13I find the term invalid awful - I write as someone who is not a disabled person.
Here in the US, the disabled, disabled people, or people with disabilities would all be used
I don't much like the term the disabled but disabled people or people with disabilities seem fair enough.
If I lost my legs in a car crash tomorrow - and thousands of Britons do every year - if someone said to me that I was physically challenged I'd regard them as mentally challenged.
Aug 30, 2012 11:47 AM
14+ physically challenged I'd regard them as mentally challenged+
Hee hee. I remember when people started saying physically challenged. They would start to say disabled pause and then say "Uh, physcially challenged". I would sigh a bit at yet another PC term being put into use. There's a nice medium line between being mean and being PC, that's the line I like to walk on. I hate when I use a term that I've been using all of my life only to find out that it's no longer PC.
Edited by: sashac001 cause my grammer was all mucked up.
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