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You can contribute to a positive image of people with disabilities by following these guidelines. Your rejection of stereotypical, outdated language and use of respectful terms will help to promote a more objective and honest image.

Say this

Instead of

How should I describe you or your disability?

What are you? What happened to you? 


Differently abled, challenged


Victim, suffers from

Uses a wheelchair, wheelchair user

Confined to a wheelchair

Service dog or service animal

Seeing eye dog

Accessible parking or restroom

Handicapped parking, disabled stall

Person with Down Syndrome


Intellectual disability

Mentally retarded, mental retardation

Autistic, on the autism spectrum, atypical


Person with a brain injury

Brain damaged

Person of short stature, little person

Midget, dwarf

Person with a learning disability

Slow learner, retard

Person with mental illness, psychiatric disability

Crazy person, pscyho, insane

Person with spinal cord injury



Amputee, has limb loss




Nondisabled, person without a disability

Normal, able bodied, healthy

Want more information?

Download our brochure Guidelines: How to Write about People with Disabilities.

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