disabled, handicappedIn general, do not describe an individual as disabled or handicapped unless it is clearly pertinent to a story. If a description must be used, try to be specific. An ad featuring actor Michael J. Fox swaying noticeably from the effects of Parkinson’s disease drew nationwide attention.Avoid descriptions that connote pity, such as afflicted with or suffers from multiple sclerosis. Rather, has multiple sclerosis.Some terms include:blind Describes a person with complete loss of sight. For others, use terms such as visually impaired or person with low vision.cripple Considered offensive when used to describe a person who is disabled.deaf Describes a person with total hearing loss. For others, use partial hearing loss or partially deaf. Avoid using deaf-mute. Do not use deaf and dumb.disabled A general term used for a physical, mental, developmental or intellectual disability. Do not use mentally retarded.handicap It should be avoided in describing a disability.mute Describes a person who cannot speak. Others with speaking difficulties are speech impaired.wheelchair user People use wheelchairs for independent mobility. Do not use confined to a wheelchair, or wheelchair-bound. If a wheelchair is needed, say why.
March 15, 2018 at 5:25 PM EDT