Words are my stock in trade and I craft my sentences with great care. The students I work with are referred to as students with disabilities or students with special needs – or, worse, disabled children or special needs children. As a natural consequence of the human condition, some of the adults I work with also live with certain conditions – and are frequently labeled by those conditions. These labels are problematic because they define the person by their condition rather than emphasizing their humanity. This part of the Hippocratic Oath, which is taken by doctors as they enter practice, must also be considered by all who interact with people in any fashion: “I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability.” http://guides.library.jhu.edu/c.php?g=202502&p=1335759 So, please remember to recognize the person, first and foremost, and not the condition.