People with disabilities want to be called PEOPLE first and most of all. Therefore, what is polite is to speak of 'people with disabilities,' 'people who are [blind],' 'people who have [epilepsy],' or 'people who use wheelchairs.' Please do not use words like victims, sufferers, invalids, afflicted, crippled, confined or handicapped when speaking to or about people with disabilities.
Here are a few tips you might find useful to minimize hurt feelings or awkward moments. First of all, remember that common sense and basic courtesies will usually provide your best guidance. Other points to keep in mind are:
If you have any questions regarding the treatment of the disabled please don't hesitate to call the Disability Service Office at 255-3354 or come visit us in Main Hall room 105.