chapter  2
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Issues of Language and Terminology

Hurtful Language Handicapist attitudes toward people with disabilities are often embedded in language. Language, after all, is the architecture of our thoughts and a primary conveyer of a culture and its attitudes. It both expresses ideas and concepts and it shapes them. The words we choose communicate our thoughts and feelings and reflect our values and attitudes. Accordingly, Froschi, Colon, Rubin and Sprung (1984) asserted that we must eliminate words and expressions that stereotype persons with disabilities before we can fashion a truly inclusive environment.