We’ve both always cringed a little bit when people refer to our daughters’ disabilities as “disorders.” (It doesn’t seem to apply to them, though it does ring true of their messy, disordered rooms). That’s why when we came across this article that proposes changing the last D in ADHD from disorder to difference, we were hooked. Some of the most creative people we know have ADHD and to think of them as having a disorder just doesn’t feel right. So if it’s OK with you, in our Imperfect world we will now refer to it as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Difference and the term ADD as Attention Deficit Difference. And while we’re changing that, we’d also like to change the term “disability” to “difability.” Don’t credit us for this brilliant idea; we actually got it from a wonderful woman we met in Concord, NH, who refers to her son’s learning disability in this way.
Why stop here? Gina would like to change her name. Growing up, there were never any “Gina” license plates for her bike or cool signs for her room. Patty and our brother Bob had no problem, but Gina always had the “Jane’s room” or “Jean’s room” sign. Today, any name pretty much works. Maybe she should be like our Jersey Shore favorite, The Situation, and change her name to something like The Imperfection.
What do you think? Should they change the terms disability and disorder? What other terms would you like to change?