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QUIZ: How diversity-aware is your language when it comes to talking about disabilities?

Here are twelve words often used to describe disabilities. Which of these words do you think are normally considered ok to use and which do you think should be avoided?


  1. handicapped
  2. disabled people
  3. “the disabled”, “the blind”, “the deaf”
  4. cripple
  5. people with disabilities
  6. people with learning difficulties
  7. mental handicap
  8. Mongol
  9. wheelchair user
  10. confined to a wheelchair
  11. spastic
  12. wheelchair-bound


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Quiz Answers: How Diversity-Aware is your Language


When we re-examine our choice of words we can see how some words can cause offense.


The following words are generally considered ok to use:




These words should be avoided:





Challenge discrimination in any form; don’t ignore it

Encourage questions and answer them directly


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