Not at all! Disabled and disability are neutral terms that are used as descriptors.
Even though these words are neutral, they may feel weird to say out loud at first. You aren't alone in this feeling!
Historically, the societal norm of talking about disabilities is to not talk about them at all.
We are taught at a young age that we should not talk about disabilities directly. We are taught that instead of saying disabled, we should use euphemisms such as differently-abled or special needs.
Even though this is what we were taught at a young age, euphemisms are still common today. Unfortunately, there are still institutions of higher education and research firms that still use euphemisms for disability rather than simply saying disabilities. We have to collectively educate each other so that we can move away from using these euphemisms.
You may be wondering why language is so important here and whether or not this is worth the debate. Language is important because language sculpts culture. Language inevitably affects the way people perceive, communicate, and express ideologies.
By shying away from saying the words disabled or disability, there are a couple of harmful implications that are tacitly being made: