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The following term has not been approved.


disabled/disabled people


Definition: Disabilities are limitations that affect the basic activities of life, such as hearing, seeing, walking, breathing, cognition, and learning

Why problematic: Identity-first language—where one feels their disability to be an intrinsic part of their identity—calls for othering descriptions such as “deaf person” or “disabled”

Suggested alternative(s): people with disabilities, diverse abilities

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