Disability advocate group urges greater sensitivity

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ABC News

Posted Sun Aug 6, 2006 7:00am AEST

Australians are being urged to be more sensitive when referring to those with disabilities.

This week is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week, and Scope is urging people to reconsider using outdated expressions or labels.

Scope spokeswoman Siobhan O'Neill says some of the terms used are extremely offensive.

"One of the worst things that people say is using the word for instance 'spastic'," she said.

"I know it's a word that has become so common and it really has a huge impact on people.

"Calling people who have disabilities 'sufferers' too, when it's completely against what they actually are.

"They're people who have a disability and they're living with that disability and to say they're suffering with it is just making things that much harder for them."


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