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ableist language

[ ey-buhl-ist lang-gwij ]

noun

  1. words and phrases that devalue disabled people by using disability language or historical descriptions of disabilities as an insult:

    You can make many small changes to minimize ableist language in your vocabulary, like saying a trend is “uncool” rather than calling it “lame.”

  2. language that treats disability as something to be pitied or disabled people as inspirational when overcoming a disability:

    Ableist language frames people who have a disability as “afflicted with” or “suffering from” it, but they are simply people “with” a condition or illness that nondisabled people don’t have.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of ableist language1

First recorded in 1990–95

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