just been used on the bbc about children in need. I find it a bit odd that my much loved and well looked after dd, it put in the same category as children who have suffered abuse and stuff like that. what do you think?
I'm not sure. I suppose in one way they are, if you take the term literally. It is certainly a disadvantage to face such struggles in life. But I also agree with you, my DS is so much luckier than many, 'disadvantaged' or not, to have two parents, who love each other and love him more than anything else in the world, and will do ANYTHING for him.
Hmmmm.....don't have a problem with it personally. My (also much loved and well looked after) 10 year old is at a disadvantage compaired to his peers - as he has AS and they don't. This makes some things are harder for him than them, putting him at a disadvantage.
literally it does make a sort of sense- then having SN does tend to be a disadvantage (I know there are exceptions, eg. strong deaf culture and strong aspie culture) but I suppose it does have adverse social connotations. I don't think it's offensive, but a bit jarring.
It doesn't bother me tbh. My dd has PMLD and CP, so she is disadvantaged compared to her peers (although very much loved by lots and lots of people). I suspect the beeb needed a word that was all encompassing, and disadvantaged was the best that they could do.