Terms ‘able-bodied’, ‘epileptic’ and even ‘blind’ are offensive and should be avoided, charity says – Daily Mail

Charity Leonard Cheshire has devised a list of appropriate and inappropriate words and phrases for those with disabilities

The terms ‘able-bodied’, ‘epileptic’ and even ‘blind’ are offensive and should be avoided, according to a health and welfare charity.

Leonard Cheshire, which runs development programmes across the world, compiled a ‘vital’ list of appropriate terms for those with disabilities.

The list stipulates words such as ‘able-bodied’ should be replaced with the term ‘non-disabled’ because the term suggests every person with a disability does not have an ‘able body’, The Telegraph reports.

Also on the list was the term ‘blind’, which the charity suggests should be replaced with ‘people with visual impairment’, as well as ‘epileptic’, ‘invalid’ and ‘handicapped’.

A similar list of inclusive language guidelines was published by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Office of Disability Issues earlier this month.

The guidance states: ‘The word ‘disabled’ is a description not a group of people. Use ‘disabled people’ not ‘the disabled’ as the collective term.

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