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  • #75691
    Is it time to stop using the word "disability"?

    Just pinched the story & headline from the BBC’s Ouch. I’m trying to distract myself from the fact IDS is about to address the tories & came across this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-34385738

    Personally, I have no objection to being called disabled. I’ve been called far worse & that’s just by me Mum :o (I’m kidding). Sometimes I refer to myself as less-abled but, I don’t feel we need to have a debate on changing the label.

    Is it an issue for you ? What would you rather be called or known as ?

    PS I’m aware of the irony claiming we don’t need a debate & then I start one :rollover:

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    #96987
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    I myself have always preferred the word disabled. I have been called everything, ranging from spastic to cripple.

    stefan

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    #96988
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    A rose by any other name is still ……. Screwed :lol:

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    #96989
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    :LOL: :Post:

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    #96990
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    Disabled is OK as far as I’m concerned. I was once called “handicapped” by a Catholic nun. I was too young and startled by her cheek to reply.

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    #96991
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    I have no problem with ‘Disabled’ either. A friend’s a Grandfather introduced me as crippled once and some of my own family (older generation) have described my wheelchair as an invalid carriage but I have never taken offence as I have known no negative connotation was intended.

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    #96992
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    I would & have objected to cripple. It’s been used in a derogatory way that I didn’t appreciate.

    Just call me screwed :rollover: :LOL:

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    #96993
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    I prefer the term twisted ;)

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    #96994
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    We went to Longleat Stately Home when I was a child.

    The doorman was angry seeing my mother. “No, no, cripples around the side entrance. His Lordship
    is due.”

    Only time I saw my father going ballistic!

    What were you saying about IDS?

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    #96995
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    I have in a sarcastic retort I made to a bothersome builder referred to myself as “Crippled not dumb” …. well he had broken items in my home and hidden the evidence and not fessed up,, supposing I could not tell the difference between six glasses and four .. edit.

    I sometimes have phases where I want to be a “person with a disability” rather than a “disabled person”, the idea being I come before my disability but thats just hormones with a snag of denial, I am more disability than person now..

    As for IDS we will always be drains upon the economy.

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    #96996
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    I like using the term less-abled sometimes as I was once upon a time a lot younger, fitter man & this condition was undiagnosed & has crept up on me. I’d still rather disabled than cripple or “not normal” as IDS puts it.

    Speaking of which, I have to promise my Wife to avoid the news for a few days. She’s noticed I’ve started mumbling & arguing with myself, not a good sign. I think things are getting on top of me a bit. I think & feel for everyone of you & every other disabled person when I read about the injustices happening to us as a collective & it’s taking it’s toll.

    We’re going through one tribunal, one mandatory reconsideration, we’ve just lost Gwenny & then I read about poor Shellybear & Mr Fox’s troubles & I just want to curl up & go away.

    I’ve said all I wanted to say yesterday about him (I think I’ll refer to ‘him’ like they do Voldermort in HP, the one whose name nobody ever dare mention) & the tories, after many amendments to my original post & now I have to stop going back to it & I think I’ll leave the PC off for a few days. I don’t want him to have his way if I keel over.

    We’re going to look at a much smaller breed of dog at the weekend. Not somebody to replace Gwenny but, we’d like somebody because we miss her & having a dog so much. We’ll take lots of pictures & share them if we decide it’s the breed for us & then we’ll keep you all posted if we have any news on the addition of tiny feet ;-).

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    #96997
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    Good luck with finding a new dog, Woogy. You deserve something good to happen to you.

    Sybylla

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    #96998
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    @woogy wrote:

    We’re going to look at a much smaller breed of dog at the weekend. Not somebody to replace Gwenny but, we’d like somebody because we miss her & having a dog so much. We’ll take lots of pictures & share them if we decide it’s the breed for us & then we’ll keep you all posted if we have any news on the addition of tiny feet ;-).

    :yes: a Twitter followers dachshund had three pups yesterday, my newsfeed is too cute with pupdates

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    #96999
    Re: Is it time to stop using the word “disability”?

    I suppose a lot of the words like cripple and spastic are often used in negative ways, they do sound old fashioned as well and depends on context. I hate any kind of label for myself but I think that’s just me, half the time I won’t tell anyone anything and just say I have dodgy legs, and that’s about as much of a label as I give lol.

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    Reply To: Is it time to stop using the word "disability"?

    Personally I am not bothered. i get so much abuse on a daily basis, the latest from staff at a well known grocery store, that you get used to be all sorts of things. Personally if anyone asks I am “Above ground” anything else is a bonus for me I feel. But frankly disability sounds all too ‘PC’. and it also requires a definition of what is able which I am not sure exists. I am able to use a computer as well as anyone else, but I am not able to use a camera like I could as a professional photographer. So how am I to be judged not as able or disabled. And then again what is the definition of “normal”. Live in my house for a week and you still wouldn’t find it!!

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