Ability + Disability




“Association Shifts Its Messaging From ‘Awareness’ to ‘Acceptance'” | Associations Now

“Audism in Language” | The Buff and Blue

“Avoiding Ableist Language: Suggestions for Autism Researchers”Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  • Alternatives to special needshigh/low functioningtreatmentcureepidemic, and other ableist terms.

“‘Falling on Deaf Ears’: ‘Queer Eye’ Star Sparks Conversation About Ableist Idioms” | The Daily Dot

“5 Lessons the Paralympics Can Teach Us About Not Being Ableist” | Bustle

  • On identifying and avoiding inspiration porn, people-first and identity-first language, and celebrating accomplishments without infantilizing.

“A Guide to Sighted Allyhood” | Autistic Hoya

“Guided Meditation Apps Aren’t Doing Enough to Include Disabled People” | Metro

  • “Change could be as simple as using phrases such as ‘get yourself into a comfortable position, no matter what that looks like’ or ‘if you can’ wiggle your toes. It really would not cost anything to create a more inclusive environment.”

How Giving Up Ableist Insults Can Help Heal Our Politics” | Forbes

“How to Talk about Disability Issues on the Internet” | The Daily Dot

  • The need for more coverage of disability topics
  • How competing conceptualizations of disability influence language
  • The movement away from person-first terminology
  • The problem with enforcing a single style for Daily Dot writers

“Japanese Firm Rewrites Magazines and Manga for Disabled Readers” | South China Morning Post

  • “As a rule, neither double negatives nor metaphors are used in constructing the sentences and there are many line breaks. Readers can also click a play button to hear an audio version of the article being read at a slow pace.”

“Neurodiversity: Some Basic Terms and Definitions” | Neurocosmopolitanism

  • Maintaining clear and consistent terminology around neurodiversity
  • The most commonly misused terms
  • Examples of correct and incorrect usage

“On Deaf Literature” | Bloomsbury Literary Studies

  • Some Deaf writers “are reclaiming the use of ‘said’ or ‘speaks’ in relation to American Sign Language and Deaf literature in print instead of using ‘she signed’ as a dialogue tag.”

“A Q&A About Autism With Steve Silberman, Author of NeuroTribes” | TED-Ed Blog

  • Why labels like high-functioning and low-functioning are demeaning

“The Significance of Semantics: Person-First Language: Why It Matters” | AutisticHoya.com

  • Autistic person vs. person with autism
  • Why some advocates oppose people-first language
  • Recognizing and validating Autistic individuals through identity-first language
  • Why this debate is important

“10 Tips for Including People With Disabilities in Your Party” | The Huffington Post

“Terminology Reveals Co-opting of Disability Activism” | The Miscellany News

“The Transcontinental Disability Choir: What Is Ableist Language and Why Should You Care?” | Bitch Media

  • Ableist and sexist assumptions in language
  • Examples of presenting disabilities as inherently bad
  • A response to accusations of being “nitpicky” about a “minor issue”
  • Why it’s not enough to go by what we personally believe is offensive or not offensive

“The Washington Post Just Illustrated the Biggest Flaw in Disability Coverage” | Poynter

“The Way We Talk About Disabilities Is Evolving. Is It Evolving Fast Enough?” | Mother Jones

  • “‘Special needs’ fell out of fashion when advocates pointed out there’s nothing ‘special’ about needing health care, education, safety, and access to public accommodations.”

“What Really Happens When You Use the R-Word” | The Huffington Post

  • Using retard and retarded as put-downs
  • How these terms disparage a population of special-needs individuals
  • Finding an alternative to hurtful words

“When Medicine Doesn’t Speak the Right Language for My Body” | Autostraddle

  • How medical language and comparisons alienate disabled people
  • The use of more neutral descriptions to avoid measuring against unrealistic ideals
  • Making the goal to help patients thrive and maximize opportunities

“Whoops, Sex Toy User Manuals Are Really Ableist” | Autostraddle

“Why Person-First Language Doesn’t Always Put the Person First” | Think Inclusive

  • How adopting person-first language (PFL) as a linguistic rule sparked a countermovement, identity-first language (IFL)
  • How nondisabled people were taught that IFL is offensive, though many people in disability community prefer it
  • How PFL makes disability seem offensive

“Why We Say ‘Disability,’ Not ‘Special Needs’—The Mighty Explains” | The Mighty

“‘You Should Try Yoga’: Making Peace With My Pain Despite Ableist Microaggressions” | Porphyria News

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