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Heard in places here and there is a newly-coined phrase, “He had a behavior.” Now what, pray tell, does this mean, and why, for Pete’s sake, are people using these words?

Let me digress for a moment and state a maxim that, if adopted by all, could have an extremely positive impact on people with disabilities and their status in society. Here it is: if it’s not right for a person without a disability, it’s not right for a person with a disability.

What is “it”? Anything! The way a person is treated, talked to, talked about, and anything else.

Thus, most of us would not say, “He/she had a behavior,” when talking about a husband or wife, a co-worker, or a boss. (You wouldn’t, would you?) Therefore, we shouldn’t say it about people who have disabilities!​ Click here to continue.

What's a "Behavior"?

People with disabilities who don’t have effective means of communication (oral speech, device, etc.), as well as those who have never been listened to, may have no other way to communicate their wants, needs, or feelings except by physical actions.

Kathie Snow