Arago: Exhibits

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Before Starting This Activity

Use People-First Language:

• Never use the word “handicapped.” The correct word to use is “disability.”

• Never use the word disability as an adjective. For example, one is not a blind person, but a person who is blind.

• Never use the term “special” or "special needs." This implies that the individual is separate from others. For example, a classroom should not be called “special classroom.” The appropriate phrase would be a classroom that is accessible to students with and without disabilities.

• Never use euphemisms such as “physically challenged” or “handi-capable.” The phraseology is condescending. Say the person has a disability.

• Using the word “normal” implies that people with disabilities are abnormal.

©Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook

6c Hope for the Crippled single

The Post Office distribited this stamp in 1969. Today we use the term mobility disability.

United States Master Collection, Scott 1925

The Post office issued The International Year of the Disabled stamp in 1981.

United States Master Collection, Scott 1788

Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Shriver Kennedy in 1962 as a summer camp. The Post Office released this stamp in 1979.