The Power of Inclusive Language: Why Words Matter 1

Are you aware of the power of language in creating an inclusive environment?

Inclusive language is more than just being politically correct. It’s about creating a culture of respect and understanding where everyone feels included and valued.

Oxford-based charity Oxfam has issued a 92-page guide to inclusive language

How can we talk about disability, physical and mental health?

Here are some recommendations:


Term to Avoid Preferred Term
People who have special needs People who have particular requirements
The disabled, disabled people, the handicapped People with a disability/disabilities
The blind People with visual impairment, visually impaired persons, blind persons, blind people
Committed suicide Took their own life, ended their own life
Crippled Mobility impaired, person with a mobility/physical impairment
Normal, healthy, able-bodied Non-disabled
AIDS victim, MS sufferer People living with HIV, people living with AIDS, people living with a chronic health condition
The elderly, seniors, youth People over/under X, elderly people, older people, elders, young people
Deaf People with hearing impairment, hard of hearing people, deaf person
Let’s work towards creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all.


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