An inclusive, well-lit workspace with diverse individuals, some with visible disabilities, using various assistive technologies like hearing aids and screen readers. The central focus is on a computer screen displaying a document titled 'Ableist Language', which includes examples of inclusive language alternatives. The background is simple and uncluttered, highlighting the interaction of the individuals with the writing tools in a setting that symbolizes an adaptive and inclusive writing environment.

Ableist Language – Disability Metaphors – Disability Studies

What is Ableist Language? Every time you write, whether it is an email, an argument for class, or a social media post, you shape the culture around disability, for better or for worse. Your language reflects your perspectives on disability.  One way that our culture marginalizes and excludes those with disabilities is by defining “normal” ...

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Inclusivity – Inclusive Language

Why is it important to use language that is sensitive to the target audience?

When writers use language that implies a biased or judgmental attitude, the audience may take offense and be less apt to listen to the writer’s argument. Language that is insensitive to gender, ethnicity, or disability should be avoided. Just as writers hope their audience will be willing to respect their point of view, they need to respect the diversity of a broad base of readers.