usage note for disabled
Some people prefer person-first constructions like “a person with a disability” to emphasize the whole person, not defined exclusively by living with a disability. Others use identity-first language like “a disabled person” to center the disability as an important aspect of identity and push back on the presupposition that disability is inherently negative, unmentionable, or something to be politely ignored.
Following similar logic, the euphemisms “special,” “challenged,” “differently abled,” and “handicapable” are not recommended. The straightforward, simple, and descriptive term disabled is preferred.
OTHER WORDS FROM disablednon·dis·a·bled, noun, adjectivesem·i·dis·a·bled, adjectiveun·dis·a·bled, adjective
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How to use disabled in a sentence
As disabled veterans returned home, the government launched the “Great Civil War Benefaction” to provide prostheses.Times of strife can lead to medical innovation—when governments are willing|By Jeffrey Clemens/The Conversation|September 9, 2020|Popular-Science
The Blade last year reported Maryland’s State Department of Education said it was in the process of developing new standards to include LGBTQ and disabled communities.LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum laws take effect in N.J., Ill.|Philip Van Slooten|September 9, 2020|Washington Blade
That’s because Medicare, the government’s insurance plan for the disabled and people over 65, sets prices.A Doctor Went to His Own Employer for a COVID-19 Antibody Test. It Cost $10,984.|by Marshall Allen|September 5, 2020|ProPublica
MTS’s concerns about fraud mirror those of advocates and authorities across the nation who have long decried abuses of resources such as ADA parking placards by people who are not disabled.MTS Frequently Overrules Doctors’ Orders on Reduced Fares for the Disabled|Lisa Halverstadt|August 31, 2020|Voice of San Diego
I wish “Finish the Fight” had included disabled women in its narrative.
Recall how Clinton returned to Arkansas from the campaign trail to preside over the execution of a mentally disabled man.
It helps that he is the opposite of Christopher, he says: “socially good and mathematically disabled.”
Unwittingly or not, modern feminism is leaving its disabled sisters out of the discussion.#YesAllWomen, but Not Really: How Feminism Leaves the Disabled Behind|Elizabeth Heideman|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Evidence of their popularity can be seen in the fact that the comments box was disabled.
Supporters say the girl is no longer in pain, while critics say she was killed for being disabled.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Four he had already either killed outright or effectively disabled; so that fifteen remained him.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The 'Egeria,' schooner, was disabled very early in the race by the carrying away of the iron strop round her boom.Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
His keepers, returning from the spring, shouted and rushed indoors only to find their disabled pieces.
Deserted by a part of their men, the knights redoubled their efforts of valor, but in vain; they were all killed or disabled.
The disabled comrade could hardly keep back the tears as he saw them pass down the street.The Boys of '61|Charles Carleton Coffin.
British Dictionary definitions for disabled
- lacking one or more physical powers, such as the ability to walk or to coordinate one's movements, as from the effects of a disease or accident, or through mental impairment
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the disabled