Positive language empowers. When writing or speaking about people with disabilities, it is important to put the person first. Group designations such as "the blind," "the retarded," or "the disabled" are inappropriate because they do not reflect the individuality, equality or dignity of people with disabilities. Further, words like "normal person' imply that the person with a disability isn't normal, whereas "person without a disability" is descriptive but not negative. The following are examples of positive and negative phrases.
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