Why You Shouldn’t Use The Word “Handicapped”

12 Jan 2021
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We've talked about why you shouldn't use the term "differently abled," in the past. Today, I'm joined by my mentor to talk about why you shouldn't use the word "handicapped"!
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  • Sorry for the bad audio/lighting/background situation in this video! Living in random Airbnbs at the moment is making it hard to film nice looking content! I'm working on improving it for future videos. :) ALSO, I haven't lived in Canada for 3 years now but during that time an exciting change was made that I just learned about. The Canadian government now pays for the rehabilitation of blind folks, which used to be charity only! YAY, we love that!

    Molly BurkeMolly BurkeVor 6 Tage
    • 👍

      Suman KhanSuman KhanVor 3 Tage
    • Hi Molly, I would love for you do do a reaction to George Carlin on euphemisms dehave.info/down/o6t5hKe7bpayx3o/video .

      Ghyslain AbelGhyslain AbelVor 4 Tage
    • Thanks for informing

      Saba GhamgosarrrSaba GhamgosarrrVor 4 Tage
    • @Dan Sgambelluri oh O////O I’m so sorry 😢

      KinkaPop :3KinkaPop :3Vor 5 Tage
    • Kinkajou The Rainwing her mom, the other person or the editor told her.

      Dan SgambelluriDan SgambelluriVor 5 Tage
  • 日本人です! 日本から応援してまーす!

    クライミスタークライミスターVor 5 Stunden
  • Subtitulo en español???????

    Ely castilloEly castilloVor 12 Stunden
  • PTSD was also a term given to them because they didn’t know what else to call it and yet there is very little programs or assistance for these people you’re so privileged end of story you’re fucking privileged I love you but damn

    jimbatjimbatVor 12 Stunden
  • Molly let’s pause for a second because half of the people on the corners but I come in contact with our military veterans and they don’t have anywhere to go and they’re not receiving any kind of aid or help what about those people how is that not supposed to be a thing that we take negatively or lightly

    jimbatjimbatVor 12 Stunden
    • Molly you are sooooooo Blinded by what’s actually going on

      jimbatjimbatVor 12 Stunden
    • So then again why isn’t society putting up these programs in this assistance for military veterans yes they say that they’re in place but do you know how hard it is to become a partner or a member or anything just see it’s so hard

      jimbatjimbatVor 12 Stunden
  • It’s the whole back-and-forth thing for me that’s got me really messed up while trying to pay attention

    jimbatjimbatVor 12 Stunden
  • Just found you on DEhave, my dad has a similar form of rp. He really liked your video on inked

    Jason HJason HVor 12 Stunden
  • In Junior High, a boy called me handicap. I did not like it.

    Thomas NguyenThomas NguyenVor 14 Stunden
  • I have a learning disability and a heart problem which both play a huge part in my school life, with my learning disability I had "special" extra class and time for test and stuff like that, and with the heart problem I was allowed to miss somethings with gym like the mile run, but cause I got to miss some things people thought I was been lazy or whatever which kinda hunted my self esteem, I also grew up with a sibling who had down syndrome and it bug us when people called her handicap, im like no she's not, she's very smart

    lillerbuggerlillerbuggerVor 22 Stunden
  • We also don’t have other word for disabled than “handicapped” in Danish which I hate so much.. I just look it up and other words are really old and very negative.. We have so much to learn yet 😅😅 Great video on this topic 💕

    Lena ElsborgLena ElsborgVor 22 Stunden
  • This is super interesting to hear! Here in the Netherlands we use the word handicapped as well. I can’t even think of another word for handicapped in Dutch. I never use the word though because I never have to. Thank you both for this lesson❤️

    Nikki de RuiterNikki de RuiterVor 23 Stunden
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    Greg ExelbyGreg ExelbyVor Tag
  • This is interesting because hand-in-cap actually didn't refer to begging in the past, it was a term applied to games of chance, and later applied to horse racing - in which the faster horses will carry more weight. So as a disabled person, I don't mind the term. Here's a good description of the origin of the term: www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/12/origin-word-handicap/ "The game was known to be around in 1653, though it was likely developed before then. Slowly but surely the name was shortened- from “hand in cap,” then “hand i’cap” and finally “handicap.” The word soon gained a new meaning, too. Rather than referring to a single game, it started to refer to the act of equalizing other contests and games to make them fair. The first known instance of this was in 1754 during horse races; “handicap” still has this meaning in many different sports today."

    AnEnglishRiderAnEnglishRiderVor Tag
    • Molly and I talked for over an hour and it was edited down to this length. I did acknowledge that you can easily find posts suggesting and disproving that explanation- it just ended up the cutting room floor.

      Tracy BeckTracy BeckVor Tag
  • I haven't heard ppl use handicap sense i was little (20ish years ago) other than in reference to a parking spot. And old folk. We say disabled mostly (america)

    Susannah DeanSusannah DeanVor Tag
  • Let us start by saying I am probably older than your normal demographic and that, because of that my opinions will be colored by my age….and not that you are not right, but I want to present another way of not being wrong 😊 When and where I grew up I was surrounded by people with different handicaps. I had friends with Downs syndrome, blind, deaf, wheelchair-bound, friends with cerebral palsy and I have on purpose used some of the older less acceptable terms …and I do it with love. Some of those people were awesome people, people I am still in contact with today 40 years and an ocean apart …others I never connected with, but hey that is life The problem with not accepting words like handicapped or disabled is not that the word is inherently bad or negative … the problem is how we use them. I have watched many of your videos and admire how you have overcome and broken stereotypes about blind people. How you inspire not only people with vision impairment but also people without. That said, I know from some of your stories that there are situations where you do not feel able to complete a task...I just finished a video I’ve seen before about how you were mistreated by a TSSA agent …heard you talk about how you sometimes, because of how you present, you have to remind people that you are blind or handicapped. … here is the problem, people understand those two words as they do the word disabled …and every time they see you or someone else present in a way they do not expect you shatter their perception about what those words mean. Sure there are other more politically correct words that could be used that show less of a negative connotation ..the problem is that when we force society to look into a thesaurus before a discussion to know what words are currently accepted …what we end up doing is preventing people to talk about even the positive stuff for fear of insulting people. We are all disabled in one way or another …I do not want to lose my vision but I would love to be able to “see” the world the way you do ..but no matter the number of scarves I tie around my eyes, the only thing I am able to see is how inadequate my perception is when I am not supported by my eyes. So the words themselves are not inherently bad or negative, no matter their origin ..the challenge is instead ...-how do we turn people's perception around so that the word is no more than a descriptor in the same way I am normally talked about as tall or big. You Molly, challenge people's perception every day by your demeanor, just as many of my childhood friends did or still do …every time you present in a way that people do not realize until late that you are blind, you chock them …you force them to re-think and reevaluate their biases. When a blind middle school teacher or one with severe cerebral palsy becomes the favorite of the kids ..the parents are forced to reevaluate their perception and all of sudden the word handicapped is just a descriptor, in the same way, the words short or tall are I hope this makes sense to you - it did to me when I wrote it

    MikaelMikaelVor Tag
  • Theres a show on Netflix about a girl with the same eye disease as you. Its called "In the Dark". It's only mentioned once but I made me think of you.

    lizzelzlizzelzVor Tag
  • As a mom of a kiddo w/ disabilities (one of which is low vision), I prefer *“LEARNING SUPPORT & Learning Support Teacher”.* Our school district uses this term to describe the program for kids who have needs to make things accessible to them in order to learn, as well as the help they require for their specific learning style.

    Regina FallangieRegina FallangieVor Tag
  • I just found a sock brand that is written in brail and in lettering. (Two Blind Brothers). It just reminded me of Molly

    Franky215 CatFranky215 CatVor Tag
  • Not to disagree with any other point made, but the "cap in hand" etymology is just absolute nonsense. It does derive from the phrase "hand in cap" but not with any connotation of begging on the street. It's originally a gambling term.

    Mathew WallsMathew WallsVor 2 Tage
    • Molly and I talked for over an hour and it was edited down to this length. I did acknowledge that you can easily find posts suggesting and disproving that explanation- it just ended up the cutting room floor.

      Tracy BeckTracy BeckVor Tag
  • As a non-native english speaker, I didn’t know where the word “handicapped” came from, so I did not know it could be offensive. Thank you for shedding light on the matter.

    tmdumbitmdumbiVor 2 Tage
  • Blew my mind to hear the origin of “handicapped”. Not cool at all!

    Gabriela Parada MoroseGabriela Parada MoroseVor 2 Tage
  • 11:51 When you are watching a video on language that respects disabled people and the word “nuts” is used 😞 Crazy, nuts, psycho, schizo, etc. are words that both stigmatize and delegitimizes mental health disorders. I cringe every time I hear these words, and that leads to a heck of a lot of cringing as they are extremely prevalent.

    Ella NerudaElla NerudaVor 2 Tage
  • What was the name of the documentary that Molly referenced?

    Jeana HatcherJeana HatcherVor 2 Tage
    • Crip Camp - it's on Netflix.

      Tracy BeckTracy BeckVor Tag
  • The French for a disabled person is 'handicapé'

    BugsbyBugsbyVor 2 Tage
  • handicapped

    RussiaKGB تRussiaKGB تVor 2 Tage
  • Thank you for mentioning French.

    IceWeirdoIceWeirdoVor 3 Tage
  • cool video, very importnt

    John AggettJohn AggettVor 3 Tage
  • The word that we use that for is not what you think it’s useful for us to make us feel good about ourselves special and special knickknack to us when we were going to school we were being made fun of so they carry special that’s where the world comes from in America it doesn’t mean the same thing it means when you live it means we’re just like everyone else we’re just as special as everyone else that’s what it means that’s the way it started out if you didn’t know

    Debra A HumphreyDebra A HumphreyVor 3 Tage
  • Hey how is Lavender doing

    Patti GPatti GVor 3 Tage
  • 👍

    Suman KhanSuman KhanVor 3 Tage
  • I gotta strongly disagree with "systematic oppression" being an issue, as a *fellow person w disability* we have to understand everyone faces different challenges. Whomever you are you have to try your best, never blame others. If you feel and act like a victim then that's what you are.

    Greg JGreg JVor 3 Tage
  • I was in "Special Ed" class in middle school (Canada) many many years ago and because I was in the 'Special Ed' class I got bullied, specifically because I was in that class. I honestly believe part of the reason is because it was label as 'Special Ed".

    KayKayVor 3 Tage
  • before watching your channel i never knew that the big stall in the bathroom was for disabled people. i always used to use it when it was empty, thinking it was fine.

    rachelmorganrachelmorganVor 4 Tage
  • And yet the smart kids get left behind in education to let the slower ones "catch up" (and this isn't about disabilities just the ones that take longer to learn) School was ruined for me because they "integrated" the kids with their own additional teacher to keep up (again not disabilities just ones that struggled so had a tutor to help them out) in with the kids who needed to move quicker. There's a benefit to integrating ability levels but not to THAT extent. That's taking it too far. I was so bored for 7 years because of those policies. And I am older than Molly but not by much

    KMichelle ArgusKMichelle ArgusVor 4 Tage
  • Thank you for talking about this and helping me understand better terminology!

    Jelleybean18Jelleybean18Vor 4 Tage
  • Thank you for this video! I felt so bad when I found out that the term handicaped is offensive in english, because where I live it is actually the other way round. Our equivalent for 'disabled' is usually viewed as condescending and 'handicaped' as a medical term - meaning neutral. So when speaking english, I was using the wrong word and I wouldnt have known without Molly!

    Adéla BenešováAdéla BenešováVor 4 Tage
  • In Finnish language there's no word "handicap" nor "disabled". We have word "vammainen" which is based from word "vamma" meaning injury. Usually alone it means someone with mental disability. But it can be changed "liikuntavammainen" meaning disabled by movement (?) or "näkövammainen" meaning disabled by vision. It's problematic because teenagers use the word for bullying. It also doesn't fit for people who have mental illness or EDs or someother invisible disability. When I tried Google translate to check these words, it recommended instead of "mentally disabled" both "handicapped" and "retarded" which is disgusting. People who don't know the word because they aren't native speakers to that language, check the word and get this awful answer. Google should have changed it already.

    Sohvi SuomiSohvi SuomiVor 4 Tage
  • I feel like I pushed this memory to the back of my mind until you brought up calling learning programs SPED or the kids in those programs Sped, which is so cruel. At my elementary school the called it (I couldn't tell you if it was just the kids or the teachers but I feel like it was the teacher's also) the Learning Disabled class that we would go to and then come back to our regular class. We ended up being called LD and it was so infuriating and humiliating, especially since I don't remember teachers standing up for us.

    TheSMarie42TheSMarie42Vor 4 Tage
  • Hi Molly, I would love for you do do a reaction to George Carlin on euphemisms dehave.info/down/o6t5hKe7bpayx3o/video .

    Ghyslain AbelGhyslain AbelVor 4 Tage
  • Adding onto the uses of accessible bathrooms, I have anxiety so whenever possible, I use the accessible stall, because having a bigger space where I’m not cramped relieves a lot of stress.

    No UNo UVor 4 Tage
  • Ok I understand why you’re saying that neither of you like the term “special education” or “spec Ed” but... what else do you call it? I kept waiting to hear the “correct” alternative but I must have missed it. Like my sister is going to school for “special Ed” and we have never heard it called anything else

    Kaylen JochimsenKaylen JochimsenVor 4 Tage
    • @Tracy Beck thank you! My sister will probably really appreciate my family changing what we call her major. And now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure my college did have something called “Learning Access Center”, I just never knew that’s what it was for; I thought they just helped people proof their essays. I’m sure it made a lot of the student feel much less singled out that way.

      Kaylen JochimsenKaylen JochimsenVor 10 Stunden
    • Learning Supports or Resource Supports, Access Centre, Accessible Education- lots of options that could work. In colleges and universities they offer the same services but I've never heard it called Special there in any way.

      Tracy BeckTracy BeckVor 4 Tage
  • I never use the word handicapped because it sometimes means unable to succeed becaue of your disability, so I always say disability.

    ryanmryanmVor 4 Tage
  • Omg. Thank you so much for mentioning that movie! It was sooo good! If you haven’t watched it, watch it now!! Eye opening

    Erica-_-Erica-_-Vor 4 Tage
  • I always heard that the term came from having a cap on your handiness and that’s why it’s not good

    Tara Brooke CarrollTara Brooke CarrollVor 4 Tage
  • I still remember as a kid my friend told me a song about "sped" students that went "S-P-E-D. my teacher does my work for me. I'm sped" as a "sped" student I found it and a lot of ways kids revered to us offensive.

    Melanie CusickMelanie CusickVor 4 Tage
  • I’m from Canada and have awful laser eye surgery complications... I’m in severe pain all the time!! Now My goal is to make money off of DEhave as keeping a job is a Really difficult! I couldn’t imagine being disabled at a young age and going through school.. sending love 💗

    Lifeinrosegold & 진Lifeinrosegold & 진Vor 4 Tage
  • I'm not technically disabled, (legally I think my mental illness might make me disabled) but I also really personally dislike "differently abled", "handicapped" and "special ed". They all make my insides kind of squirm.

    rainydaysarebestrainydaysarebestVor 4 Tage
  • Such a great video, Molly! I never knew the history of the word "handicapped" before. I will def never use it again now.

    Espurr LadyEspurr LadyVor 4 Tage
  • I'm very interested by this video because I'm french and the french for disabled is handicapé (which obviously comes from handicapped) and it's the "good word" most disabled people use and it's the one reclaimed by the disabled community. So even tho I know its considered to be a "bad" word in English (and I obviously respect that) I have never understood where this came from. I think it's interesting because it really show that the problem is not the words in themselves but their history with the comunity they're describing and how they got a positive or negative connotation overtime though the context and ways in which they have been used.

    Alistair - H ParadoxæAlistair - H ParadoxæVor 4 Tage
  • Hi Molly! Have you heard of Jessica Kellgren-Fozard on DEhave? She has a video called "Why I Don't Sound Deaf". It reminded me of how people sometimes don't believe that you are blind. You might have fun collaborating with her in your series on interviewing special needs people.

    Elizabeth CarrollElizabeth CarrollVor 4 Tage
  • In relation to the special Ed part, my school is horrible with that. There’s two parts to our special Ed, the “gifted” kids and then the kids with autism and Down syndrome etc. gifted is just the excelling at school stuff so you go and work on fun projects. I don’t really know what the kids in the other section do, other than the fact that ever since 6th grade that group has emptied the trash cans at lunch and collected recycling on garbage days. This is pretty much the only interaction kids from the main part of school have with the special Ed kids

    JessabeeJessabeeVor 4 Tage
  • What would you call a handicap placard for parking? I usually use "accessible" and "disabled" for mostly everything but idk what to call the handicap placard. I have spina bifida and I personally dont like being called handicapped but it doesn't upset me much.

    EmilySEmilySVor 4 Tage
    • Disabled placard, accessible placard (or plate)

      Lisa TheCatDudeLisa TheCatDudeVor 3 Tage
  • About special. I personally hate the word. The reason special is used is in reference to the people in that education system. "Special" people is a pathetic image word and very condescending referring to someone who is not very bright, or not of an appropriate emotional age for their physical age. While yes there are some mentally disabled students ( and I am in no way diminishing their role or needs) in this so called special education most kids are blind, deaf, have chronic illnesses, or have a behavioral disability. Most of these students are actually quite bright, but society is holding them back or is just not set up for them to achieve to their potential. I think it should be called the Disability Accessible Learning Department personally. This is just my opinion I would love to hear others thoughts on this to expand my own thinking.

    Jim VrchotaJim VrchotaVor 4 Tage
  • I have a variety of diagnoses and generally identify as disabled but when talking about specific a diagnosis, I prefer person first language. Like, I have narcolepsy, I don't like being called narcoleptic. I don't like the word handicapped or special either. Accessible is so much more inclusive and empowering, not just for me but I think it empowers society to view everyone's needs as valid. I used to work in education with kids with disabilities and "special ed" always bothered me. I heard people say "I work in a specialized academic instruction classroom" which felt more accurate and less condescending. Also, the integration into "mainstream" classes was, in some cases, more important for the "mainstream students" than my students. I feel sad that Canada doesn't have the types of resources that feel empowering and affirming for you and other visually impaired people. One of the schools I worked in was in a VERY wealthy community and another was my state's school for the blind. The wealthy school district had an unlimited amount of money to put into resources and activities for the students. The School for the Blind had a lot of really cool low and high tech teaching tools. The School for the Blind was better in the sense that it had the ability to help the students right away and with the best available options. Public schools would have to call in a specialist, wait for them to come out, do an assessment, get whatever was needed, then come back to train the student and the staff. The School for the Blind was just more efficient. Maybe it's different in my state. Some of the students I worked with chose to stay at the School for the Blind because bullying in their district was out of control and they weren't safe. They were also provided a ton of life skills training by living in the dorms at school. Those who chose to be at the school for a short time who already had the training could go back to their public school and have consultations periodically with the specialists. After watching this I realize how blessed my state is for having the amount of resources it does.

    Lizz ThatveganLizz ThatveganVor 4 Tage
  • So is disabled still a ok word to use

    Mardi FiteMardi FiteVor 4 Tage
    • definitely

      Tracy BeckTracy BeckVor 4 Tage
  • There are so many aspects to this. My late brother was severely diabled, so-called «multi-handicapped», in his case, meaning severly physical disabled (wheelchair, minimal strength and coordination in hands/arms, not able to support his neck, etc), non-verbal, having problem taking up nutrinents from food etc. - as well as cognitively intellectually disabled. The last part, to a lesser extent than most would think when they first saw him, but it was definitively a factor as well. In his case, going to a public, regular school would simply have been too lonely. He thrived so much with peers that were more like him. From a certain age in his life, he went to a public school though, but in a separate wing where there were other kids with various, often severe disabilities also. They found so much joy in each others company. He tried attending some selected regular classes, and felt out of place in most. They did succeed in finding classes where he enjoyed participating, not feeling «the odd one out», and also got a non-disabled friend there, so there are nuances to the picture. Just not always as easy as «all kids with disabilities should attend regular school» as the main goal. His «special class» was great for him, and he learnt so much more there than at his completely segregated school. In his case, the best option for him. My point is, various options is good. For the ones who don’t thrive in regular school, I’m happy there are schools for various kinds of disability, when that is best for that particular child. Unfortunately these evaluations and options are not always available to each of the kids (and their parents) who should have gotten the choice.

    Nina SørumNina SørumVor 5 Tage
  • This is such a serious topic, but I smile every time she says about

    Jordan LextonJordan LextonVor 5 Tage
  • The word handicapped is actually considered an offensive slur in the UK, we definitely don’t use it in day to day life.

    Holly AdeleHolly AdeleVor 5 Tage
  • I have Cerebral Palsy and when I was growing up I was lumped in with other disabled students until I was in the 6th grade and then I was "mainstreamed" to other classes within the school I was in. So I understand

    Alisa Kerwood aka Rainbow angelAlisa Kerwood aka Rainbow angelVor 5 Tage
  • When I was in college the course I took was for special education teacher assistant ( college was in the 90’s ) and I myself live with a disability. The terms change but how we handle the title is about the same. Here in Switzerland many kids with disabilities are segregated into specialized schools. My son went to a school for two years specially for kids with physical disabilities. We also have a school in our Kanton for kids with cognitive challenges as well as the school for hearing impaired. From kindergarten to secondary level.

    Gemma Luescher-VerseckasGemma Luescher-VerseckasVor 5 Tage
  • Word origins interest me so I went to the OED. Apparently "handicap" DOES come from the words "hand" and "cap" - it was an old gambling game that involved two items of similar value being traded. The traders put their hands in a cap with the item and the umpire judged the value of each to determine what the cost difference was, and what needed to be paid by one person to make up the difference. This became a gambling game associated with horse racing, and then became the term for a standard part of horse races--a quicker horse would have a heavier rider set on them to make up the difference and make sure the odds for success were all the same. That's when the sense of a handicap as "an extra burden" came about, which was then later applied in the USA as a metaphor for disability.

    DonteatacowmanDonteatacowmanVor 5 Tage
  • The classes I went to used special powers, I worked with younger people with disabilities, all kids have different special powers and are not at all the same.

    World BuilderWorld BuilderVor 5 Tage
  • LOVE this video and LOVE your jumper Molly, suits you so much!

    Hannah GarrowHannah GarrowVor 5 Tage
  • I love watching you and I'm disabled.

    Melissa BrownMelissa BrownVor 5 Tage
  • In French, the word for disabled is "handicapé" and I don't think there's a different word. Does anyone have any experience with this how this should or is handled in the French community?

    FleurDeCerisierFleurDeCerisierVor 5 Tage
  • Molly, I love your sweater! If someone made it for you, would you mind sharing the name of the pattern?

    Holly HurleyHolly HurleyVor 5 Tage
  • Are you really blind?

    Iman FaisalIman FaisalVor 5 Tage
  • This is very informative. This video has opened my eyes and mind for sure. I try to always be respectful of people in general. This kind of content is some of my favorite. Thank you Molly.🌻🌻🌻

    Syreeta BradleySyreeta BradleyVor 5 Tage
  • In America, we don’t use handicapped so much in conversation. Like you said, it comes from the older generation. But it still exists in our laws. America has embarrassingly recently removed the “R” word from our laws.

    Kristen BuellKristen BuellVor 5 Tage
  • I am from France and in French we just have one word for disabled people witch is "Handicapé". I feel weird now using that word but it's the only one we have in french. Both disabled and handicapped translate by "Handicapé" in French

    Taissia SemenoffTaissia SemenoffVor 5 Tage
  • You know what's an ableist thing you also shouldn't say? Your favourite word "impaired".

    meowveriquemeowveriqueVor 5 Tage
    • How is it ableist? (Not being snarky, im genuinely just trying to understand)

      youalwaysyouneveryoualwaysyouneverVor 3 Tage
    • The social model of disability suggests that a body may have impairment but it is society that does the disabling. Impairment isn't generally considered ableist but it's certainly your choice to use whatever language feels comfortable to you and those with disabilities you interact with.

      Tracy BeckTracy BeckVor 5 Tage
  • This is very interesting to me, because where I live the word disabled literally translates to ''gehandicapt'' (handicapped). And in Dutch the word handicapped is is preferred, I think. (If not please correct me fellow Dutchies). Other words that are commonly used are invalide / mindervalide which literally means invalid, or less valid. Or we say ''person with a limitation''.

    Aniek E.Aniek E.Vor 5 Tage
  • As a handicapped person, or whatever you want to name it, I'm amazed about the comments I read, and the 'negative' content: "Don't use this word..." "Don't do this..." "treat us like this..." etc. Please make our world bigger instead of smaller!! Does it really matter how you name it? Stop the self-pity and choose happiness instead of all the unnecessary nonsense... What's wrong with America/Canada!? :)

    Mickey- -MichaelMickey- -MichaelVor 5 Tage
  • It’s annoying when people police your words. So if we come up with a new replacement for “handicapped” eventually we will have to replace it and the new word because they mean the same thing. And you really just don’t like what it means.

    RrecklessRrecklessVor 5 Tage
    • I mean "handicap" has a negative history that "disabled" doesn't. Disabled is what we are, it doesn't sugarcoat it or make it negative, it is just the truth.

      EmilySEmilySVor 4 Tage
  • Handicap is originally a golf Term Someone with a disability has a challenge. And needs. Accessibility

    Gemma Luescher-VerseckasGemma Luescher-VerseckasVor 5 Tage
  • have you heard about "OrCam"? it's an amazing product you might find useful

    VivtzkaVivtzkaVor 5 Tage
  • I just did a video on my school experience in the 80's and 90's. It was normal in the southeast US to use the term special ed, so it's never bothered me. You can watch my video here if interested: dehave.info/down/gHaok5LYZ5nEtWU/video

    Kristina ArntzKristina ArntzVor 5 Tage
  • Molly is talented. Imagine waking up everyday being blind. She's so good at what she does sometimes I forget she's blind. Ily molly!! 💗💓💞

    TBSN AsheTBSN AsheVor 5 Tage
  • So my first meeting with the word "handicap" is from a series of children's books about horse racing. Horses with really fast times are often given extra weight to carry during certain races and that weight is called a handicap. I wonder where the origin of the word is and what other uses it's had in history. That would be interesting to find out.

    Judith MontelJudith MontelVor 5 Tage
  • I know it's a serious subject, but here I am, thinking about how much I like Molly's sweater...

    Judith MontelJudith MontelVor 5 Tage
  • In Florida they call special Ed “exceptional student education” it’s dumb in my opinion

    Sophia Humphrey The Tiny Kitten HumanSophia Humphrey The Tiny Kitten HumanVor 5 Tage
  • So I’m a wheelchair user and when I got a job at an unnamed big company I kept hearing my management say about me but not to me “company is an equal opportunity employer” and honestly it felt like a slur. It was quite insulting really. Also there was the time this lady” kidnapped” my wheelchair when I was getting out of the car...

    Sophia Humphrey The Tiny Kitten HumanSophia Humphrey The Tiny Kitten HumanVor 5 Tage
  • I get using specialized for schools meeting needs of, say, blind students. It’s just an accommodation for learning. But I still think the tendency today is to force the same way of learning on everyone and if you can’t keep up, to write you off as unable to learn rather then spend money to help. You wouldn’t have this thinking if you were recovering from a car accident. It’s assumed that some can’t learn so why bother.

    Tracy ZielkeTracy ZielkeVor 5 Tage
  • I think that trying to switch to another word describing a group of people just to escape from the bad connotation doesn't change anything in the mind of the collective. it's just a matter of time until the new word will be used as an insult and then you will transition to a new one. I think words like handicap that describe a bad thing should not be used and try to find simpler words But if special is bad word, what word can you use for Special Olympics ?

    pixelpixelVor 5 Tage
  • Also talking about parking spaces an accessible parking space describes the parking space as good however a handicapped parking space is describing the person using the parking space as bad.

    Lauren_charlotteLauren_charlotteVor 5 Tage
  • I love her red hair!

    Pa TePa TeVor 5 Tage
  • Thank you for sharing this. I genuinely thought that the term “handicapped” was originally a sports term and had no idea it had such depressing origins!

    Jay ColganJay ColganVor 5 Tage
  • In my commpunity where I went to school they had us seperated in small class rooms away from the majority. The 'special' education I got was only giving me a fifth grade education in the subjects they bothered to have me do. They definitely didn't help at all in getting us to do better. I hate being in classes only for the disabled, because I often feel its almost like a day care setting then it is anything else. But that's been personally my experiance. By avoiding those types, and joining classes that involverd both disabled and not? I feel its a much better invirnment. People actually push you to do far better. I don't mind when others use disabled, but I absolutely despise handycapped and retarded. I have some family that are so used to using them, that it's just the norm and 'I need to get over it.' It's sad when people don't recognize it for what it is, and would rather continue using it despite how the person it effects feels.

    KuronekoKuronekoVor 5 Tage
  • I am handicapped what’s wrong I have mild cp n spastic seizures I don’t care

    Kathy KinderKathy KinderVor 5 Tage
  • Molly, I Love your sweater!!!!

    Sandra PerkinSandra PerkinVor 5 Tage
  • I've always said challenged, since it's just like a challenge for them to overcome.

    Noodle GamingNoodle GamingVor 5 Tage
  • I don't know if it's because I mainly speak French over English, but I had no idea that this wasn't an acceptable term! Thanks for teaching me :) edit: you've just talked about the french language haha

    HarrietHarrietVor 5 Tage
  • I literally had NO idea that handicapped had such negative connotations, it's a really widely used term where I live. Thank you very much for educating me on this

    JenniferDangerJenniferDangerVor 5 Tage
  • When I first lost my vision I used to say I was handicap. However throughout the years I just feel that disability sounds way better. The word I really dislike is when people without no disabilities or students, call students in special education. The short form of special education.

    Dionicio TorresDionicio TorresVor 5 Tage
  • I use the term learning different, but that's just my personal choice of use of the term for my specific learning disability dysnomia which affects my short term memory. When I'm taught visually and given time to learn so that information can go into my long term memory I don't have any problems, but society expects me to learn everything super quickly and that's not how my brain works. It has caused me to struggle with finding full time employment. I've only ever worked part time and it gets tiring trying to fight for equal rights. My friend has William's syndrome and his mother was going to put him in an institution, but his grandfather refused to do that and so he lives with his grandfather, his dad and his brother. My friend is a singer/songwriter, so society would have been deprived of a great talent if he had been locked away in a home.

    HaleyMaryArtzabHaleyMaryArtzabVor 5 Tage
  • Unfortunately in the Russian language, there aren't any good alternatives either. There is the word "инвалид" ("invalid") and a phrase that's supposed to be not as offensive, but I guess it still is, "люди с ограниченными возможностями" ("people with limited abilities"). And that's exactly how the vast majority sees it😥

    RevontuletRevontuletVor 5 Tage
  • I personally think that the word special in this talking point is seen as something sarcastic, like it has a sense of irony to the word. Like "What's so special about you" I agree with what you say though, interesting video Molly. Keep up the good work♡

    Des7inYDes7inYVor 5 Tage
  • This is super interesting - thank you

    Jemma GJemma GVor 5 Tage
  • I plan on telling me kids that when they see someone that looks different from us that that person just lives a different unique life from us but does not make them any less like us we should treat them with the respect we want.

    Lauren RobertsLauren RobertsVor 5 Tage
  • Omg Mrs. Beck the queen. She thought me too! I love this woman so much!!

    Alisa BoyarkinAlisa BoyarkinVor 5 Tage
    • Hey Alisa! Miss you!

      Tracy Beck [Staff]Tracy Beck [Staff]Vor 5 Tage
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