disabilities

In general, we use person-first language: a person with a disability; person with autism. However, some people prefer what is called identity-first language: a disabled person; an autistic or autistic person. If referring to a specific individual or group, use the term preferred by them.

Avoid outdated, offensive words such as handicapped.

Use the term accessible rather than disabled or handicapped to refer to facilities: We use the New York-state approved term accessible parking.
See the Guide to Inclusive Language.

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