Express Yourself

We Can Abolish Language Policing

Words can inspire reflection and growth, instead of prompting attacks

#@?! in block letters against a yellow background.
#@?! in block letters against a yellow background.
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A few months ago, I wrote an essay about why I dislike the term “differently abled.” As an Autistic person, I find it unhelpful and condescending to hide the word “disabled” behind softening euphemisms like that one. I also explained that…