I wrote a guest blog article, which is featured at www.athletesfirst.ca today, examining the language used in sport played by people with disabilities. Like the person-first language debate in the disability community, the discussion about language in the Paralympic community can be fierce.
I argued the merits of the prefix “para” in this article, and my athlete colleague Courtney Knight argued for the qualifier “adapted.” It is an exciting, sometimes adversarial read, and I encourage you to access it here: http://athletesfirst.ca/2011/11/28/392/
Athletes First is part of a research project at the University of British Columbia by Andrea Bundon in Vancouver, Canada. The project explores how the Internet can be used by people with a common interest (in this case, disability sport) to discuss topics of concern to them. Andrea is most interested in reactions to the articles that are posted, so please speak your mind, on the topic presented, in the comments on her blog.