Frequently I see examples of poor phrasing and inappropriate language when talking about, with, or to disabled people. Not actually on Folksy, but on the radio, TV, in newspapers, publications, etc.
Things like ‘wheelchair-bound’ ; ‘The deaf’ ; ‘The blind’ ; ‘the disabled’ ; ‘handicapped’, etc.
Please can we talk about ‘wheelchair-users’ rather than ‘wheelchair-bound’, and ‘disabled people’ rather than ‘the disabled’, etc. Some get frustrated when they see poor signage or inappropriate text, but most are too polite to say anything.
I do have a slightly vested interest, as I retired as an accessibility consultant and worked closely with disabled people on equality and inclusion, for many years.
This is more than just political correctness, it is about respecting disabled people, and most important when disabled customers are being offered a service , eg selling goods and services to them, or buying from them. ie communication.
I have had to correct a library manager, theatre managers, contractors, shopkeepers, restaurant managers, and many others in the use of inappropriate language , (and poor signage), where disabled matters arise.
By the way, in my view , (and that of most access professionals), the only ‘Disabled Toilet’ is one out of action for repairs. It might be a ‘wheelchair-accessible toilet’, or an ‘accessible toilet’, but is not really a ‘disabled toilet’, if still functional.
OK end of rant.
Just would appreciate more care when communicating with, or writing about disabled people generally.(This also applies to communication on websites, flyers, advertising, and blogging on twitter, facebook, etc.)