I have recently completed a ‘Lean’ project on enhancing customer experience in a Hospice.
Before submitting my report, I was taking a stock of the various signage at the hospital.
A few of them read as follows:
- Disabled batch holders only
- Spastic Center
- Disabled people
Are there some commonly-identified-substitute words which would appear politically correct and does not emphasize on the impairment?
I am disabled and I suggest not using differently-abled; I really don’t like the word. I recommend handicapped if you really don’t want to use disabled.
EDIT: Also I think the government calls them ‘handicap placards” or “disabled persons placards” (the blue placards that you hang in your car) anyway.
Be aware that many people with disabilities dislike jargony, euphemistic terms like “physically challenged” and “differently abled.”