Simon suffers from ADHD. Oh my, that dyslexic kid has done it again. That wheel-chair bound girl is a slow thinker.
Yes, even in this day and age, many of us are blithely ignorant that language is powerful. How many times have you seen of someone calling someone with dyslexia “stupid” or “dumb”? Or perhaps read an article where he is described as “suffering” something?
These examples are everywhere. In fact, we may have committed this offence ourselves.
But let’s begin with us and change the way we address people with learning disabilities. They are no different from us – these people think the same we do, share the same levels of creativity and innovativeness and are productive members of society.
The A, B, C’s
For starters, someone does not suffer from something. Simon has ADHD not Simon suffers from ADHD.
Janice uses a wheelchair. She isn’t wheelchair bound.
Christopher is not mentally handicapped, mentally defective, retarded or subnormal. He has a learning disability.
And that also goes with describing a person with learning disabilities. She is not a “dyslexic kid”. She has dyslexia.
And if you think we are being causeless sticklers, understand that how you address someone can impact the way he or she feels, thinks and relates to the world around them.
Do you have a similar experience of having someone say something insensitive at you or your child? Share with us your encounter and how you dealt with it in our comments section below.
In the end, we are all responsible for our own feelings but we can make it easier on others by using inclusive language and not defining them by their difference.
We are all different from each other. Some differences are just more obvious.
Do You Need help with a Learning Difficulty?
Our simple online analysis will help you get to the core of the problem and find the right solution for you.
Understanding how to help someone with a learning difficulty starts with understanding which micro-skills are affected. When you learn which of the micro-skills is the problem, you will then be on your way to solving it.
You'll also learn how to:
- Build confidence
- Enhance Learning ability
- Eliminate avoidance
- Build grit
You can get this analysis for free by filling out this simple form. This will help you get to the bottom of a learning difficulty and provide you with a solution. If you are ready to put this problem behind you click the button below and fill out the form.