Here are some examples of politically correct language and some examples of not so correct terminology about those of us who have sustained a brain injury. For demonstration purposes we are using all capital letters at the beginning of each word.
Individual with (a) Brain Injury Individuals with (a) Brain Injury Person with (a) Brain Injury People with (a) Brain Injury Survivor with or of (a) Brain Injury Survivors with or of (a) Brain Injury
Further examples in this best category include but are not limited to:
Survivors of Acquired Brain Injury Person with an Acquired Brain Injury People with Anoxic Brain Injuries Survivors of Stroke Survivor of TBI Person with Postconcussion Syndrome People with Brain Tumors Person with Brain Injury due to Encephalitis Survivor of Acquired Brain Injury Person with Post-Traumatic Brain Injury Syndrome People with Post-TBI Syndrome
OK TERMS (as these are being used in various survivor groups).
Brain Injury Survivor Brain Injury Survivors Brain Injury Winner Brain Injury Thriver Additional examples in this OK category include but are not limited to:
Person or People with Cognitive Challenges (Please note that not all persons with a brain injury are ultimately cognitively challenged, although many are. Some do recover their cognitive functions. Also, some have other sorts of physical, perceptual, or sensory challenges, but may ultimately restore to a cognitively normal level.) Person or People with an Intellectual Disability (This has generally referred to persons born with developmental disabilities. So when it comes to Persons with Acquired Brain Injuries, this would not be the most accurate term.)
Brain Injured Victim Brain Injured Victims Brain Damaged Person Brain Damaged People