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Re: assistive technology for ALS victim

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From: Joshue O Connor
Date: Mar 29, 2011 3:15AM


Hi Jon,

Just a quick note on language and terminology. It's not good practice to
refer to people with disabilities, or illness etc as 'victims' as in the
subject line you put 'AT for ALS victim'.

It's disempowering language.

For me it's not about being politically correct or anything, but trying
to see the person _as_ a person, who may have a certain condition, but
not as a 'victim'. We are all human after all regardless of ability,
health, age etc.

The language we choose to use has a subtle but powerful effect on how we
collectively perceive others.

Cheers

Josh

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