British Government-Funded BBC Tells You All the Ways You’re Hurting Others Through Your Use of “Ableist” Language

British Government-Funded BBC Tells You All the Ways You’re Hurting Others Through Your Use of “Ableist” Language


The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) published an article Monday to draw attention to how often you use “ableist” language and thus unwittingly offend people with disabilities.

Titled “The harmful ableist language you unknowingly use,” the article was written by a deaf author and professor named Sara Nović. Wikipedia notes that she’s a “deaf rights activist who has written about the challenges she has faced as a deaf novelist.”

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Nović says that phrases like “making a dumb choice,” “turning a blind eye,” “acting crazy,” and “falling on deaf ears” can be “micro-assaults” for disabled people. Not just micro-aggressions, but micro-assaults.

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