When it comes to diversity, language is important, and language is political. How we name differences and normative standards plays a central role in how power works to marginalize some while benefiting others. Lisa Egan writes in xojane from her own experiences about how she should be described:
I am not a “person with a disability.” I do not “have a disability.” Given that I look like this:
Image Credit: ewheeling.
You probably think I’m either delusional or in denial. I’m not, I just have a real problem with the phrase “person with a disability” and the notion of “having a disability.”
I am disabled. More specifically, I am disabled by a society that places social, attitudinal and architectural barriers in my way. This world we live in disables me by treating me like a second-class citizen because I have a few impairments — most obviously a mobility impairment.
Read the rest of her wonderful essay here.