Mixed Ability is a new term to be used in replace of: disabled, handicapped, abnormal, and crippled. Mixed Ability refers to any person who has a different or Mixed physical Ability. It can also refer to anyone who has a different emotional or learning ability. Words like disabled, crippled, and handicapped have negative connotations throughout history. Mixed Ability contemporizes the label placed on those who have a different or medically documented physical or mental ability and attempts to relieve any social or conversational stigma.
The objective in changing the term is to eliminate stereotypes that exist currently in any society in regards to those with a Mixed Ability.
The term Mixed Ability was first heard by the Editor of this term at The Ohio State University by a Graduate Student in Dance, Kristen Hapke, A.K.A Joe.