Ableist language and ableism is one of the last “isms” we really need to tackle in society. Many of us who experience the disability even use these words. I know I have successfully cut out most ableist language from my vocabulary, still some words are not as obvious. For example, I never would think that stupid was ableist but it is linked to intelligence and there individuals with intellectual and/or learning disabilities were stupid would be used to describe them.
I would like to challenge all of you to pick at least one word and try to eliminate it from your vocabulary. Can you challenge others to do the same?