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Why is it important to be sensitive about words after a spinal cord injury?

Why is it important to be sensitive about words after a spinal cord injury?

Lisa Rosen, MS

Educational Program Manager, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Sometime people refer, "Oh, Johnny's now handicapped." —Or, "He suffered a spinal cord injury."—"He's a victim." You know, it just gives the impression that he's suffering now, and he's not al... Show More

Sometime people refer, "Oh, Johnny's now handicapped." —Or, "He suffered a spinal cord injury."—"He's a victim." You know, it just gives the impression that he's suffering now, and he's not allowed, or he's been stripped of having a nice life now that he has spend it in this wheelchair. It's just a negative connotation, versus, "Oh well, he happened to sustain a spinal cord injury, but you know what? Johnny just competed in the Paralympics, and won the gold medal."

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Why is it important to be sensitive about words after a spinal cord injury?

Lisa Rosen, MS

Educational Program Manager, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

More Videos by Lisa Rosen
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Sometime people refer, "Oh, Johnny's now handicapped." —Or, "He suffered a spinal cord injury."—"He's a victim." You know, it just gives the impression that he's suffering now, and he's not allowed, or he's been stripped of having a nice life now that he has spend it in this wheelchair. It's just a negative connotation, versus, "Oh well, he happened to sustain a spinal cord injury, but you know what? Johnny just competed in the Paralympics, and won the gold medal."

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