As a Psychology major, it is important to understand why and how the mind works, along with the ways in which we interact with each other. One topic that I have been specifically focused on over the past several years, however, is the population of individuals with both physical and developmental disabilities. One concept that has been a rising problem within today’s society is whether or not the term “disabled” is the correct word or phrase to label these individuals by.
The word “disabled” is “having a physical or mental condition that limits movements, senses, or activities” (Webster Dictionary). Although this is a beneficial definition, it could easily be offensive towards those with a disability because it places a segregated label on the special needs population as a whole. The problem with this in today’s society is that once a label is placed on a person, that is what the person becomes. In reality however, a disability is something in which a person HAS, not who they ARE.
My goal throughout this research project is to illuminate and educate people throughout our community about how to be advocate for those with disabilities. By doing so I would also like to express the ways in which we as a society can become more accepting towards this population through our language as well as our motives.