Like we have said earlier, it is important to speak about disability in a positive manner. In order for people with disabilities to be better included in society, we need to treat people with disabilities like we would anyone else: as people with many skills, talents and interests. Pitying people with disabilities or focusing on their limitations instead of their skills is not right and, moreover, is not going to help them in any way.
But what is positive language? What kind of language can actually benefit people with disabilities? Robyn Lambird, an 18-year vlogger who also happens to have cerebral palsy, attempted to answer this question in one of her videos and did a very good job. In the funny and very good video, she explains what she considers to be a “positive disability discussion” and makes some very good points.
Among other things, she explains: “…what I’m trying to say is that I don’t want your pity. I don’t want you calling me an inspiration. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me. What I want you to do is try and form a meaningful discussion with me and other people with disabilities, about how we can actually make life a little bit easier for people with disabilities.”
Moreover, she says, people with disabilities are so much more than their disability: “I’m an athlete, I’m a creator, I’m a daughter, I’m a friend. There’s more to me than my sh*tty legs.”
Watch the full video below. It’s a great watch!
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