Physical disabilities

Using words
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  • the cripple
  • crippled
  • lame
  • physically challenged
  • confined to a wheelchair
  • wheelchair bound
  • a person who with a disability
  • a person with a physical disability
  • a person with arthritis
  • a person who uses a wheelchair (or a walker or a scooter)

There are many types and degrees of physical disabilities. Not all physical disabilities require a wheelchair.

People who have arthritis, heart or lung conditions or amputations may also have difficulty with moving, standing or sitting.

It may be difficult to identify a person with a physical disability.

Tips on how to interact with people with physical disabilities

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