DRAPP The Latest in Disability Research, Advocacy, Policy, and Practice

Edition: Winter/Spring 2023 Words Matter

In this issue we look at how the language we use when talking about disability
affects the way we see ourselves and each other. Learn how the systemic use of ableist language has cultivated exclusionary policies and how the evolution of language can help us break down barriers to inclusion and foster a sense of dignity for people with disabilities.

Four Disability Euphemisms That Need to Bite the Dust

By Emily Ladau One of the biggest disparities surrounding disability is the language people use to refer to it. I prefer to be a straight shooter and keep things simple by using the term “disabled person.” Other people choose alternative euphemisms to avoid saying that. While I know some people genuinely embrace words...