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Use the Word Disability & Stop Giving us Fancy Names

Hey all,
We need to get little language here right. We need to use the word disability which is correct & is understood by all.

Differently Abled- Are we all not different & don’t we have different abilities. So how can call only disable people as differently abled?
Special needs- we all have different needs so how can the needs of disable be special?
Challenged- this is the latest addition I am hearing from a lot of youngsters while referring to disable groups… if you cannot drive a car then you are challenged so are we calling all the human race a challenged one because each one of them cannot do something or the other?

We as disable identify & would want to be identified by the right language. Disability is the word because we have limitation that can be seen or unseen. We talk about them openly & some may want to keep it to themselves.

By Raghavendra Satish Peri

Raghava is a digital accessibility evangelist working at Deque Systems as Senior Accessibility Consultant breaking web accessibility & mobile accessibility challenges.

He authors an Accessibility Blog & is galvanising the adoption of accessibility by inspiring the local tech community with meetups and mentorship. When away from his computer, Raghava can be found at local cafes & restaurants sampling cuisines, attending local meetups, listening to audio books or writing on his Personal Blog.

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