This is a very brief post after watching some of the Paralympic Games of London 2012. I’m absolutely convinced that “disability” is not a word we should ever be using – at least not in the context we usually use it.
Clearly the athletes have characteristics which distinguish them from others, but the term seems far too negative and witnessing the achievements it doesn’t feel appropriate.
How about “differently abled“? This is a much more positive term which recognises the different abilities these athletes possess. It acknowledges that whilst the athletes have limitations, they possess other abilities too – and they are actively focusing on those rather than on those they lack.