Mental Illness Ableist Language
Crazy, nuts, maniac, psycho, insane, loony, lunatic, madman, mental, whacko Alternatives: Asinine, extreme, senseless, tyrannical, reckless, rage inducing, ridiculous, ludicrous
Intellectual Ableist Language
Stupid, simpleton, the "r" word, moron, imbecile, idiot, derp, cretin, special needs Alternatives: Insipid, ignorant, foolish, insensible, dense, dull, on the autism spectrum*, autistic*.
*these are the correct terms for a person diagnosed with ASD, not to be used as slang.
Physical/Mobility Ableist Language
Suffers from _____, specially abled, spaz, lame, invalid, harelip, handicap(ped), handicapable, differently abled, diffability, crippled, confined to a wheelchair, bound to a wheelchair,
gimp Alternatives: Disabled, has a disability/chronic health condition, with a physical/ mobility disability, uses/in a wheelchair, Has (specific condition here)
Deaf and Blind Ableist Languages
Deaf-mute, deaf to ____, turn a deaf ear to ____, dumb, hearing-impaired, blind to _____, turn a blind eye to ____, blinded by ____ Alternatives: Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision
original by Rstrout