Reply To: ”Person with an Impairment”

  • Joan Pahisa

    September 1, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Well, I’m a non-native speaker, though I have many friends on Twitter from the disability community and they mostly use “disabled people” or “people with disabilities” depending on their preference regarding person-first language.
    As for “people with impairments”, in some scientific literature I’ve seen “people with visual impairments” or “people with speech impairments”, but to me it sounds either a bit more medical or a bit more academic than PwD. Also, I’ve always seen it with a noun complementing it, as in “visual”, “speech”, etc., though never on its own.
    Finally, the latest texts that I’ve read from the European Disability Forum (the organization that represents PwD at the European Union) mostly use “persons or people with disabilities”.
    Personally I like PwD or disabled people. Don’t remove my disability ; ) So I’d just say what you feel more comfortable with.

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