Is 'Handicapped' An Offensive Word?
Not in my book, but some in the disabled community feel otherwise. Personally, I use the words 'handicapped' and 'disabled' interchangeably.
Having a physical handicap, makes it necessary for me to use mobility aids. Do I want to be handicapped? Of course not. Do the disabled want to be able to move about the world quickly, unencumbered and with ease the way others do? Yes! But our disability, MS in my case, is what it is-- a handicap!
At the end of the day, we have enough problems to weigh us down and the word 'handicappped' just isn't one of them. 'Handicapped' correctly identifies us as needing special consideration and should never be perceived as offensive.