A false etymological claim is often used to explain why ‘handicapped’ is a slur. In fact, its origins lie elsewhere, but the word still carries negative connotations, in a fascinating linguistic conundrum.
Cuteification of disability was once championed and pretty widely used, to get people to be more accepting of people with disabilities and to enlarge ideas about accommodation and needs. We aren’t disabled, we’re ‘special needs.’ We aren’t handicapped, we’re ‘handicapable.’ Etc. But I think it’s time to move beyond cuteification of disability when it comes […]