The media loves to think they know everything. They love being in on the latest “it” thing, acting like they’re hip and can relate to the people. However, they never seem to care about stepping it up when it comes to referring to people with disabilities in the most appropriate way.
The written and spoken word is constantly evolving too. The media knows when to use “twerk” and “tweet,” but would it kill them to stop saying “wheelchair-bound?”
If the way the media discusses disabilities makes you cringe, read on for the top ten things the media should stop doing when discussing disabilities.
1) Stop saying “wheelchair-bound.”
A term nearly as old as the wheelchair itself, the term “wheelchair-bound” needs to be left in the antique store with its wooden wheelchair-counterpart. Seriously, who says this anymore? Saying “Tiffiny is wheelchair-bound” is absolutely the wrong way to refer to someone who uses a wheelchair, yet the media does it all the time.
We are not bound by our wheelchairs. How can we be “bound” by something that makes us so independent? If anything, it should be more like “the chair is human-bounded” rather than the “person is wheelchair-bound.” We overtake the wheelchair and make it our own. I even think some of us would even put nano-technology into our bodies if it was possible. What should they say instead? Look for the answer below.