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Disability Language, Behaviour and Etiquette Guide

Society today has made clear that most disapprove of derogatory terms about people with a disability.

However, there are still some insidious terms being used in everyday conversations, and most of us are unaware of the harm they can do to people’s self-esteem.

Many of us may not even be aware of the language people with a disability consider to be appropriate.

For example, “people with a disability”, or “person with a disability” are considered much more preferable than “the disabled”– which ignores the vital reality that we are all people first!

From Tuesday 22nd November to Thursday 22nd December 2016 is UK Disability History Month and the focus is on the language used to describe disabled people and the language disabled people use to express themselves.

To mark this, on Friday 2nd December 2016, the Bradford & District Disabled People's Forum (BDPF) published a guide around the accepted language, behaviour and etiquette that has been defined by disabled people.

What we say or write will have a positive or negative impact on disabled people, it is important to understand that there are some widely used words and phrases that give offence because they reinforce prejudice and perpetuate discriminatory attitudes and practices among the general public.

You can view and download the language and communication tips to think about next time you are talking to, or about, a person with a disability by visiting: BDPF Disability Language, Behaviour and Etiquette Guide


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