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Are you writing an article that profiles or even tangentially involves a disabled person? Make it easy on yourself: string together these words and phrases with a few voyeuristic references to the person's body parts, and call it a day!
She didn't let her disability stop her!
Differently Abled/Handi-capable/Challenged/Some other twee or awkward phrase
Forced to use [mobility device]
Thought she would never get to [some activity most of us never get to do]
He relies on [friends/a guide dog. No fair using electricity!]
Confined to a wheelchair
Then tragedy struck/her dreams were shattered/the unimaginable happened
. . . wants to help others [the 'bless him' is inferred]
Will never again see his childrens' faces/hear them say 'I love you' canoe the boundary waters/run a marathon
Can only communicate through [communication device]
Cheerful/ Never let it get her down/ Positive attitude
BRAVE & INSPIRATIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Through the miraculous assistance of [something completely non-miraculous]
She refused to give up/give in/succumb
Defying overwhelming odds
She 'suffers from' [impairment]
If you saw her sitting down/lying still/riding the bus, you would never know that she has a disability...
[insert some pseudoscience]
Most of us could never imagine [horrific impairment] happening to us, but...
Every day she has to [take some medication/do some physical therapy]
He has overcome his disability!
. . . proving you can achieve anything if you really try!