How The Language Of Special Education Is Evolving

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 10.03.58 AMThe words we use and the ways we refer to people mirror — and shape — our perceptions, our attitudes, our behavior. So where to begin? The “r” word has fallen out of use and good riddance. “Handicapped,” too, for the most part. Generally we don’t refer to people as “disabled,” as in “he’s a disabled student.” One good rule of thumb: avoid adjectives. They too easily become labels. Instead, try “students with disabilities.” From there, though, the rules get more complicated. — NPR Ed