Topic: People with Disabilities



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: people with disabilities. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

handicapped (adj) having a physical or mental disability (disabled)
He has been handicapped since his motorcycle accident.
deaf (adj) not able to hear
A deaf person uses sign language.
blind (adj) not able to see
A blind person uses a walking stick to walk.
paralyzed (adj) when a person cannot move or feel their body parts like legs and arms
He is paralyzed from the waist down.
mental (adj) related to the mind
He has a mental problem.
Down syndrome (n) a mental condition; born with learning difficulties and physical differences
A person with Down syndrome has trouble learning.
wheelchair (n) a chair with wheels that someone uses if they can’t walk
He needs a wheelchair because he can’t walk.
cane (n) a short stick with a curved handle to help people walk
The old lady uses a cane to help her walk.
handicapped parking space (n) space where a person with a disability can park their car close to a building
A handicapped parking space is only for people with disabilities.
service dog (n) a dog that is professionally trained to help people with disabilities
Some blind people use a service dog to help them.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do people with disabilities use service dogs in your country?
  2. Are there handicapped parking spaces in your country?
  3. Does your government help people with disabilities? If so, how?
  4. Do you know anyone with a disability? If so, tell me about them.
  5. What do you think it would be like to be blind?
  6. What do you think it would be like to be deaf?
  7. Have you ever used a wheelchair? If so, why?
  8. Do you know anyone who uses a cane? If so, why do they use it?
  9. Can you think of some mental disabilities?
  10. How do you feel when you see a disabled person?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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