What do People Who Use Wheelchairs Call Themselves?
Good question. Amongst wheelchair users, it’s common to refer to yourself by whatever disability you have. For example, people with spina bifida are called
biffers, quadriplegics are called
quads and paraplegics are called
paras. If these categories feel a little narrow, it’s because they were normalized before conditions like EDS and fibromyalgia were more widely known/recognized.
Generally speaking, people use the term
wheelchair user to describe themselves and that’s the term I use when talking to a mixed group of disabled people.