This term is widely considered to be
This term is generally agreed to be offensive toward a person or group of people. We strongly recommend you do not use this term and instead use a term not usually thought to be offensive. While it is possible that some people will not be offended by this term, just as some people will be offended by other terms when no harm is intended, it is best to avoid. Remember that what is considered offensive can also change over time, by scenario, and by relationship. We provide this library of terms for informational purposes and we welcome feedback to help us get it right.


Derogatory term (indirectly) often used to describe someone without a disability.


Referring to someone without a disability as "normal" implies that someone with a disability is "abnormal."

While it may not be intended to be offensive, describing a person in this way requires that there are people to whom this label doesn't apply.

It can be appropriate to use the terms "normal" and "abnormal" to describe medical functions or certain phenomena, but typically these terms should not describe people themselves.


If a person's disability or perceived disability is relevant, state it specifically. If it's important to qualify that a statement is describing people without disabilities, you might opt for "people without disabilities."