This was incredibly enlightening. I’ve been guilty of using the term differently abled because that is what I learned in a diversity course during a Masters program. I thought I was saying something acceptable but had never seen it in the way in which you conveyed it. Thank you so much for sharing and I definitely be certain to use language that isn’t dismissive of differences but acknowledges and respects them instead.

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