One In Five for Sunday 29 July 2012
People living with disabilities tell Katy Gosset which terms they prefer and which, they believe, have passed their use-by date. Those working in the sector also explain how language can shape the way those in the disabled community are treated by others.
Disability agencies say the terminology used now varies from country to country and some expressions, like "handicapped", that have become unpopular in New Zealand are still used elsewhere.
They say, while some who are unfamiliar with the disability sector may be unsure what language to use, a simple and respectful question is usually the best way to find out.