Word Choice: Differently Abled or Disabled?

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I rarely depart from posting book reviews, author interviews, and the occasional writer’s life update. And I typically post on Mondays or Fridays.

But today, I have a question for you.

You may remember me mentioning that I am autistic. Because I am, I read and try to stay informed of things that impact or relate to the disability community. One of the reoccurring topics being language (or labels).

I’ve read a few articles on the topic of language in the past, and recently discovered a different view on the use of differently abled vs disabled.

For me, I prefer the term differently abled. I feel like it focuses on what I can do, where as the term disabled focuses on what I can’t do. If that makes sense? (To be clear, this is just a preference. I don’t view either term as offensive or have strong feelings on usage.)

If you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you prefer differently abled vs disabled?

*updated for clarity.

Published by K.A. Cummins

K.A. Cummins is an award-winning author and artist. Her publications include Havok Publishing, Rattle, Blue Mesa Review, and her middle-grade series, Snow Globe Travelers.

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