Journalists need to respect disability language. There have been many instances of the use of the expression "Wheelchair bound" in the New Zealand press. When someone points out this is an expression to be avoided, the journalists or newspapers have been saying they thought the expression appropriate. They continue to use it.
The word "lame" is used a lot by many people. Usualy to refer to something that is of poor quality, no fun, not working properly, etc. Most people wouldn’t see a negative connotation to the word. But I do.
As you may know by now, I’ve been part of a few demonstrations and protests supporting disability rights. On one occasion, feeling somewhat mischievous, I purchased several Special Forces embroidered badges at the army surplus store. I then distributed these badges to a few friends before an action.
Every time I do a disability awareness presentation, we devote some time to "using the right words". I’m far from being Politically Correct (PC) for the sake of being PC, but the fact remains, language has undeniable power. One expression that is used often enough which I wish faded out of people’s consciousness is "wheelchair bound".