That’s right we’re talking about that word again, disability, and other words honestly do not apply to the situation. I’m all for using different terms for children and teaching them to see their differences as a positive rather than a negative. I think of words like ‘differently abled’ the same as I do Santa. We know it’s not real, but why kill a child’s innocence when you can raise their self esteem instead. You on the other hand my grown up delicate little spring violets are disabled. I’d like to bring attention to some new terms I learned from the comments on a past blog that literally had me laughing until I cried. We also need to remember that the word ‘disabilities’ does not only apply to mobility issues, but also to illnesses, mental health, and neurological problems. Let’s face it. If it can’t be fixed it’s a disability. I know everyone is offended by something, but calm down, it’s a medical term.
- Handicapable: Now wouldn’t that imply that we’re all super handy and leave our wives extremely disappointed when they figure out that term was a lie? No I am not handy and no I am still not capable of walking. If I was handicapable I would be able to take a paper clip, some double bubble gum, a shoelace, and Macgyver myself back into walking and no longer need that term. See it really is useless no matter how you look at it.
- Differently abled: I like this one especially for children. We have used this one quite a few times with our daughters to explain that they can still do things only in another way. For example Tay is able to speak using sign language instead of having a voice. Guess what though. I still can not freaking walk no matter how many different ways I’ve tried to do it. No, seriously I was really surprised that it didn’t happen too. I told my wife with cancer she wasn’t sick, she was differently abled. She said yes, we can all die differently would you like me to show you?
- All inclusive: That’s right guys. We all seriously won that free week at a Sandals resort where everything is paid for like the phone call promised! All inclusive can not work because we all do not have the same problems. For instance my daughters are disabled, but it doesn’t affect their ability to walk and therefore they will never have handicapped parking. How is that inclusive?
- All abilities: No I still haven’t figured out the walking thing.
- Challenged: My wife was super pissed to find out that this cancer thing was just a contest to see who would win. See here’s my real problem with this word, read the definition. It is a euphemism for disabled, also lacking or deficient.. This could apply to people with a physical disability, but now you’ve told people with a mental or biological illness they are lacking something.
So you see people the correct term is a disability.