by Bryan Felber
“My worst enemy,” Lucy calls these signs that either use or evoke the word handicap.
Lucy Meyer, the Spokesperson for the Special Olympics – UNICEF USA Partnership and a global advocate for people with disabilities, places great care in the language she uses, especially when describing people with disabilities.
Living with physical and intellectual disabilities due to her cerebral palsy, Lucy at the age of 22 has won five gold medals in swimming in the Special Olympics and has travelled around the world to advocate for people with disabilities.
However, she still gets annoyed by these parking signs every time she goes out.
“Why do you hate them?” I ask her.
Lucy: “Because we’re not handicapped or disabled people, so we don’t need to use that language toward anyone.”
Bryan: “What kind of language do you use when referring to people with disabilities?”
Lucy: “Well, I do person first, not the disability. So, like, I’m a person with a disability, but not a disabled person. So, I think person before disability is probably one of the most important things ever. We’re not disabled, handicapped people. We’re just people who need extra help.” Keep Reading