Words Can Hurt

In our vocabulary, there are many words that can be offensive when describing people with disabilities, such as retarded and handicapped.  Even statements that are made can just as hurtful and damaging such as “deaf and dumb,” These types of statements can lead to stereotyping, misperceptions and discrimination.  It can lead to feelings of anger and belittlement.  These feelings can lead to low self-esteem, discouragement and in some cases, depression.

We as a society must remember how powerful the spoken word carries in our language.  We must consider others’ feelings and not to judge them on the basis of their disability.  The key lesson is to put the person first rather than their disability.  Since the disability is a characteristic that is a part of them and that they have many more qualities that outweigh their disabilities.  We must remember Martin Luther Kings words of judging people by character rather than color of one’s skin, which is analogous to judging a person on the basis of their disability

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