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    What are your thoughts on how "we" should be referred to as? I have never been too big on PC terms regarding disability. The only term that seems to rub me the wrong way is INVALID. Not that anyone really uses it that much, but it annoys me.

    I never realized how much it bothered me till one day I was driving down the highway, and this ambulette was in front of me with the words "INVALID COACH" plastered all over the damnn thing. I was stuck behind this stupid van for about 15 minutes, reading the words over and over again. Eventaully those werds simmered to a boil, so I picked up my cell phone and called the number written on the side of the invalid coach. The guy answers and I politely tell him who I am, that I use a wheelchair, and that I would never use his ambulette service because I felt the term Invalid Coach was personally offensive, and that I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way.

    Woah, man this guy got all defensive. He started yelling how it's a state requirement that he uses the word Invalid on all his vans so that other people on the road know who is on board. ERRR, WRONG, BULLSHIT BUDDY - TRY AGAIN! I remained calm, almost laughing actually at his weak excuse, and reminded him that there are many other ambulette companies that use the word Ambulette, and not Invalid. This guy however was stickin to his story, and eventually hung up on me.

    Oh, and ironically I used an Invacare A4 for several years. Then one day I was lookin at my chair and it hit me. I'm thinkin WTF, Invacare? Next thing u know they'll bust out some cheeseball slogan like "INVACARE, Caring for an Invalid Near You!" LOL.

    Anyway, are there any words that annoy you?
    Last edited by Rrrrronnn; 01-13-2006, 01:49 AM.
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  • #2
    I know those feelings.
    I don't like disabled and handicap. I use those terms sometimes, but I really wish there are other terms to identify us.
    Last edited by Wheelchair_Diva; 01-12-2006, 11:20 PM.
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    • #3
      Invalid? No, no, no!!!
      "Disabled" is okay. I really don't like the word "handicapped" too much for some reason. I guess it seems like a Grandma word. I definitely don't like the word "crippled." That's a Great Grandma word.
      At one point, I was all PC with the word "differently-abled." I got over that one pretty quickly. Thank goodness.
      I'm not too easily offended so I guess that's good ... especially since I inhabit a disabled body. ::shrug::

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      • #4
        ......me?...i'm just a dude in a Quickie

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        • #5
          I remember in rehab, my grandparents came to visit me and
          they came into my room with my rehab Dr. They were all
          standing around my bed talking, I wasn't paying much attention
          until my step-grandfather said "face it, your going to be an
          invalid the rest of your life". My Dr. told him to leave right there
          and they did. It's the only time anyone has referred to me as
          an invalid. I prefer disabled or para, but despite my disability
          I still manage to get called a "punk" at least twice a week.
          Word to your mother

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          • #6
            I'm not a PC word person. I don't mind disabled, crippled, handicapped, gimp, or most any other word. But "invalid" -- nope! That's not me. I am VALID!

            My dictionary tells me that "invalid" means infirm, sickly, deficient, diseased, and a whole bunch of other derogatory adjectives that does not describe me at all.

            My dictionary also tells me that "valid" is sound, well-founded, having force, weight, cogency, and more.

            Heck! It's only my legs that don't work, for crying out loud!

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            • #7
              I think it's important to be considerate of others, but I also think political correctness is incredibly annoying, petty, and pointless. It's a case of treating the symptom while ignoring the root cause. Anyways there are only two terms for us non-ab's that get to me. As others have mentioned I HATE the word invalid as it implies that the person is not-valid, which sounds like a nazi classification of disabled people. That's why I dislike Invacare and try to avoid them and their products like the plague. I also dislike the term "differently-abled", as it is too PC and almost sounds insulting in a passive-agressive way.
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              • #8
                Thanks to you guy's I am going to boycott Invacare. I totally
                missed that one, thanks for pointing it out.
                Word to your mother

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                • #9
                  Geez, i'm sitting in a Invacare and never realized, damn. I can't believe no-one brought up my least fav word physically challenged, yuck toooo pc. Disabled is what I prefer.
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                  • #10
                    To tell ya the truth I've never heard the term invalid, I havn't been called any of those names actually, I prefer Josh, no need for those names, or they'll really be handicapped.
                    Josh, C6 incomplete
                    I'm not sad, I'm complicated. Chicks dig that.

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                    • #11
                      invalid pisses me off....and being called a retard or incompetent is another one. My legs don't work--yippie skippie--that doesn't mean my IQ has dropped! I'm not one to wave education in people's face, but I want to just tell them my class ranking and education background. Even when WORKING I was ranked top in my peers---that doesn't indicate mental impairment at all.

                      Add do that, I'm not sure why they associate me with special olymics! WTH? I've had more than one person say "Well, the nice thing is, you have a bunch of activities you can compete in with special olympics!" (implying that I have limited things I can do since I live in the mountains.)
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                      • #12
                        Nah, I use the word physically challenged - I don't mind it - I believe that one came out around the same time Rick Hansen was pushing around the world. I also use mentally challenged ... I have to be 'pc' at work on the radio.

                        I also used 'confined to a wheelchair' which is literally stupid, I know.
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                        • #13
                          I'm not too PC, but, as Jadis pointed out, education will tell. I can understand not wanting to be invalidated, but the root of invalid is from Latin validus, meaning strong. INvalid merely means 'not strong'. And yes, I know that's not how your granny uses the term. (Yes, Latin is still taught in public high schools in CA ) I posted at New Mobility earlier and used the term 'skigimps'. As in, a bunch of skigimps are going skiing tomorrow. This group includes those with CP and SB, a couple quads, an amputee or two, and at least one guy who is autistic. And those are just the identifiable disabilities What is the PC way of identifying this group? It's the adaptive rec program, so are they the 'adaptive skiers'? The 'alter-abled' skiers? The crazy guys in chairs who go skiing? (There is one sweet woman who goes, and me- otherwise, it's a busload of testosterone heading for the slopes.)

                          The PC term that chaps my cheeks is 'TAB'. Temporarily Able-Bodied, because as it's been explained to me, we will all be disabled some day. Um, no, we won't ALL be disabled some day. People vastly overestimate the percentage of the elderly in nursing homes, for example. Most people will shuffle off this mortal coil withut ever being considered disabled. I'm as temporarily able-bodied as most of you are temporarily disabled. I know most at CC think they will be cured some day, so do you refer to yourselves as 'temporarily disabled'? Rankles, doesn't it?
                          Walkin

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                          • #14
                            I agree with the TAB one too- that one really torques my shorts.

                            When people make fun of me or make snide remarks about my legs, or "poor her" attitude. I just tell them, "this could easily happen to you--a car accident, slip in the shower, falling on the ice, and so on. You aren't as invincible as you think." That usually gets the "Well what happened to you??" in a snotty tone. I tell them I slipped on my kitchen floor and landed square on my ass. The shocked look is priceless. Truth is, that slip is what finally put me in the chair. I don't tell them I had complications from two prior MVAs--both of which were the fault of the others driver running stop signs.
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                            • #15
                              I've just got rid of my Invacare chair. I had noticed the name, and hated it.
                              I HATE handicapped. I don't mind disabled, though. Fortunately for me, disabled is the word of choice over here (you rarely hear handicappped in my experience).
                              Crippled is a word I use, but jokingly. I would only use it with someone else if I knew they wouldn't be offended by it.
                              Invalid is a terrible word IMO. Thankfully for me, no one has used it to describe me (at least, not in my hearing).

                              Buck Nasty, I cannot believe your step-grandfather said that! How did he think it was going to make you feel?!

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