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The following term has not been approved.


handicap, handicapped


Definition: In AEC: description of accommodations for people who have physical disabilities (handicapped parking, handicapped toilet)

Why problematic:  identity-first language, considered offensive by the community due to the derogatory history

Suggested alternative(s): accessible: use person-first terminology because the person is more important than their disability. For example: ” the person who is blind”—not the blind person, “the person who uses a wheelchair”—not a wheelchair user. When in doubt, ask the person their preference.


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