Week 9 Link: Labeling Those With a Disability

While I’m happy to hear that a woman turns herself in to police after autistic boy’s iPad stolen, the headline also annoys me at the same time.

The headline would have worked just fine without any mention of the boy’s disability.

Interestingly enough, the woman is not described with any other name or label. However, the boy is. This just calls even more attention to his disability, which is quite harmful.

In other contexts, I feel as though this label would draw plenty of unwarranted stereotypes, leading to further stigmatization of individuals with disabilities.


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