- Having disability is a tragedy.
- People with disability are:
- objects of pity and charity
- passive and dependent and lead boring, uneventful lives
- chronically sick or unhealthy
- not providers of expertise, services or assistance to their families and communities
- always on income support. Many work in a range of professions and pay taxes
- people with limited interests
- superhuman if they achieve everyday tasks
- extraordinary if they have romantic partners, marry or have children. Also don’t assume that if someone does not, it is because they have a disability. People make these choices for a wide range of reasons.
- asexual by default. As in the general population, asexual people with disability exist and are valid. However, assuming that disability equals asexuality is problematic.
Source: A Way with Words: Guidelines for the portrayal of people with a disability (PDF 911.5 KB)