Join us!

Join our mailing list and stay informed about accessibility in the arts.

Creative Connector cover image Creative Connector cover image
Creative Connector profile image Creative Connector

Say the word.

Why we must say the word "disability" and together eradicate the stigma.

Say the word.
"One of the main reasons I’m against saying “a person with a disability” is because we don’t say “a person with womanness” or “a person with blackness” or “a person with gayness” or “living with gayness” because we understand how entwined those things are with who a person is and the importance they hold as an identity."
- Robin Lambird 

I spend most of my time writing about disability and I say the word "disability" frequently and effortlessly throughout the day.

I say it so often that it's become as benign as saying "ice cream" so, I'm shocked when I find myself in a room with a relative or friend, and suddenly saying the word becomes a buzzkill. Their visible discomfort is contagious and I'm reminded of the fear that surrounds that word.

Why are we so afraid of saying "disability"?

Even with growing representation of disability as a culture in mainstream media, there continues to be discomfort, uncertainty, and disagreement around how we use the word.

Here are 3 takes on saying the word that I wanted to share this week:

Barbara King talks to Lawrence Carter-Long about the #SayTheWord campaign and why he started it.

‘Disabled’: Just #SayTheWord
Disabled people aren’t props to make the rest of us feel good about our empathy — and, yes, it’s OK to say “disabled people,” says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

A personal letter from musician Gaelynn Lea Substack on why it's important for her to #SayTheWord.

Post #6: Disability is a Ten-Letter Word (Not Four) ♿
A few thoughts on why it’s so important for me to #SayTheWord.

A fantastic and whimsical video clip from Robin Lambird on why they choose to use identity-first language.

Thank you for being here. 💚

The Disability Daily-ish delivers Disability arts ephemera and Crip news in bite-sized nuggets to enjoy with your morning coffee. Consider upgrading to a paid plan to help keep this going! We'll send you extra goodies and love along the way.

If you don't like getting daily emails from us, no hurt feelings, you can opt-out by scrolling to the bottom and clicking "manage subscription."

Creative Connector profile image Creative Connector