You may not have a disabled sensitivity reader for your book because your book isn’t about disability. The problem is, ableist terms are so engrained in our vocabulary that even if you’re not writing about disability, you might be taking unintentional potshots at disabled readers
I’d like to challenge non-disabled writers to use the search function on your manuscript to check for ableist terms. Check for these commonly used disability metaphors:
crazy, insane, cripple/crippled/crippling, dumb/stupid/idiot, blind (e.g., “How could I have been so blind?”)
Any time you use a disability metaphor to say something was bad, you’re sending a message to your readers: that being disabled is bad.
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