As a VI person I disagree, I think language is important because it can
reflect wider views on disability issues - such as the use of the social
rather than the medical model. With your interest in books Mr Jarman I am
surprised that you underestimate the importance of language.
I tried to send to the list a very good article I have from the Children's
Society but it was too big (It's only 3 pages but I guess that's too big for
the computer). I have sent it to Imogen but if anybody else would like a
copy please email at [log in to unmask] and I'll forward it to you.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Jarman" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 4:48 PM
Subject: Re: language
> Sorry to be controversial, but I would suggest that you just stop looking.
> As a disabled person myself, I've absolutely no time for all this language
> faffing. As if we hadn't got more serious issues to sort out without
> pussy-footing around trying to keep everyone happy with something as
> abstract as language. I don't much care whether I'm visually impaired,
> blind, or that old sod with no sight. It's not going to change anything
> after all. What if I personally decided I no longer like the term
> impaired? Where do we draw the line? I suggest at good old-fashioned
> commonsense politeness. I've never been able to work out just who decides
> what's in and what's out, and I always feel sorry for those of you who are
> not disabled having to constantly worry--woops, split infinitive--about
> you can and can't say nowadays. I said to the priest the other day, I've
> decided I'm no longer CAtholic, just Romanly challenged!
> This is a very personal view, and not that held by Queen mary College, as
> all the emails say.
> Good luck with your search, but don't lose sleep over it.
> Paul Jarman,
> Disability Support Officer,
> 2.39 Francis Bancroft Building,
> Queen Mary, University of London,
> Mile End Road,
> LONDON. E1 4NS
> Tel.: +44 (0)20 7882-2757,
> Fax: +44 (0)20 7882-5223,
> E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Discussion list for disabled students and their support staff.
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Imogen Bowers
> Sent: 12 February 2007 16:29
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: language
> I am trying to find a reference that I can quote that states that using
> term disabled person, rather than person with a disability is the
> option as it better reflects the social model i.e. the person is disabled
> because of the environment, not because they have a disability per se. I
> have googled this with no luck. Does anyone know of a reputable source
> I can quote on this?
> Imogen Bowers
> Senior Mental Health Adviser
> The Equality and Diversity Office
> Academic Division
> Humphrey Booth House
> The University of Salford
> Tel: 0161 295 2152 / 9000
> Fax: 0161 295 2018
> email: [log in to unmask]