The Ins and Outs of Special Education Terminology
If you are feeling terminology-challenged, this article can help-particularly with the "whys." For example, if you have been reading this journal for several years, you will know that the term handicapped doesn't exist anymore in most discussions of special education. Reasoning that we all have our handicaps (even golfers), special educators have insisted on putting the child first, then the specific disability the child may have. This overall philosophy avoids derogatory language and respects the individual.
Vergason, G. A., & Anderegg, M. L. (1997). The ins and outs of special education terminology. Teaching Exceptional Children, 29(5), 35-39.