Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
2017-05-23 07:22 pm (UTC)
I have switched over to using "disabled people" as the default, but I am still reluctant to say "the disabled" as a generic term. (Whereas, speaking as an insider, I would in some sentences say "the Jews" or just "Jews" and not always insist on "Jewish people".)
I haven't given up saying PWD altogether, because as far as I can tell that is still some people's preference, particularly some American activists, and also because it's still somewhat current in academic and medical contexts. But it's possible that the people I've seen describe themselves as PWD are only using the term because it's accepted by the establishment, or that I've picked it up from older usage and not realized that language has shifted. I'm certainly not going to insist that anybody else uses PWD, though; it's worse than clueless to tell people they're not allowed to use their own preferred names for how they identify!
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