|Person, person with a disability
||Cripple, crippled- The incorrect image conveyed is of a deformed useless body|
|Disability, a general term used for functional limitation that interferes with a person's ability, for example, to hear, walk, learn, or lift. It may refer to a physical, mental or sensory condition.
||Handicap, handicapped person, or handicapped|
|People with cerebral palsy, people with spinal cord injuries.
||Cerebral palsied, spinal cord injured, etc. Never identify people solely by their disability|
|People with spinal cord injury, polio, a stroke, etc., or a person who has multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, etc.
||Victim; people with disabilities do not like to be perceived as victims for the rest of their lives, long after any victimization has occurred|
|Has a disability, has a condition of (spina bifida, etc.), or born without legs, etc.
||Defective, defect, deformed vegetable- these words are offensive, dehumanizing, degrading and stigmatizing|
|Deaf/Hearing Impaired "Deaf" refers to a person who has a total loss of hearing. "Hearing Impaired refers to a person with partial loss of hearing within a range from slight to severe
||Deaf and dumb- is as bad as it sounds. Inability to hear or speak does not indicate any less intelligence|
|Person who has a mental or development disability
||Retarded, moron, imbecile, idiot - These are offensive and inaccurate|
|Uses a wheelchair or crutches; a wheelchair user; walks with crutches
||Confined/Restricted to a wheelchair, wheelchair bound. Most people who use a wheelchair or mobility devices do not regard them as confining. They are viewed as liberating, a means of getting around|
|Able-bodied; able to walk, see, hear, etc.; people who are not disabled
||Healthy- when used to contrast with ‘disabled,' ‘healthy' implies the person with a disability is unhealthy. Many people with disabilities have excellent health.|