The aim of this research was to examine the role of language in the lives of persons with impairment and how meanings get attached to words that make it discriminatory against a certain section of the society. This research questioned the routinization and normalization of these insulting words used for persons with impairment. To overcome the limitations of a single design, mixed method approach (sequential explanatory) was chosen for this research. The research involved collection and analysis of quantitative data followed by a collection and analysis of qualitative data. 20 persons with impairment were interviewed between the age group of 20-35 years along with 70 responses collected through the method of questionnaire from both persons with and without impairments. The findings of the research highlighted various themes such as normalization and acceptance of words like 'cripple', 'freak' and 'abnormal' etc in our everyday vocabulary, the dichotomy between 'normal' and the 'other/deviant', differences between the terms handicap, disabled and impairment. It also highlighted the role socialization plays in establishing such stigmas and stereotypes in the society and important of the social model of disability in creating an inclusive environment.
Mansi Pandey, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, India
Stream: Education & Difference: Gifted Education
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