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Physically disabled vs. Differently abled
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Thinking about the title of this forum "Physical Disabilities", as Sebastian G. suggested. 
It seems in some countries and languages there are efforts made to use other terms, like "differently abled". 
What do you think? Might this be more appropriate? 
Your thoughts...

Manuela
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(04-16-2020, 05:49 PM)Manuela Martella Wrote: Thinking about the title of this forum "Physical Disabilities", as Sebastian G. suggested. 
It seems in some countries and languages there are efforts made to use other terms, like "differently abled". 
What do you think? Might this be more appropriate? 
Your thoughts...

Manuela


I am also sometimes confused how to use the appropriate language. here are some resources I found for the English language:

(Inclusivity website from India) https://www.deoc.in/view-point/what-are-the-right-terminologies-for-referring-to-people-with-disabilities/

(American University) https://www.brown.edu/campus-life/support/accessibility-services/resources-teaching-students-disabilities/appropriate-terminology

According to those sources Physical Disabilities seems to be an appropriate term.

Smile kira
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On the one hand it is true that we are all unable to do certain things and therefore disabled in some respects.
Pertinent questions to ask are:
What are we trying to do?
What would we like to accomplish?
What skills do we want to acquire?

Having chosen to take on the associated responsibility implicit in a task with social implications, recognizing inhibition or inability is an important first step towards evolving strategies for managing and overcoming said obstacle. It is also honest. Accurate self assessment is not aided by complacent indulgence.

It is also true that we are "differently able". That is a nice way of looking at and tallying what we currently can do. However, if we want to rise above our limits, or recognize and respect them, looking at what we already can do is good, but not enough.

There are people, like Sebastian and Kira, who are not only particularly disciplined, but also particularly talented. It does no one any good to refuse to recognize and honor the fact. Remarkable people serve as models and markers for what to strive for. Recognizing and appreciating those with superior skills is a test of our capacity to turn away from envy, to set aside petty, competitive impulse.

There will always be those who are less and those who are more able than we are, representing an opportunity to learn: empathy, teaching and sharing skills, studying, respecting or overcoming limitations, humility, appreciation and gratitude for the fact that we share the planet with remarkable people.

Frey
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