Disabled himself, and a former wheelchair basketball player, he explains his dislike to BBC News: "It needs to be removed from the lexicon as it pertains to human beings.
"I mean, let's face it, if a machine gets disabled, it doesn't work. And that is the way that the word has influenced people's minds in the past.
"People say: 'Peter round the corner, he's disabled', before they even start to talk about what a wonderful guy he is, or what a not-so-nice guy he is. You immediately get to that differentiating point.
"If you're going to be talking about the positivity of human kind, why kick off with negativity?
"Someone said to me recently that [disability] is very much a political word for differentiation.
"I'm not getting into politics but if you think about it, it normally doesn't need to be used. What does ' you are disabled' mean?
"There's an incredible difference between a wheelchair user and someone who's blind, you know."
Though Sir Philip may dislike the term "disabled", many identify strongly with it and believe it is helpful.
Full BBC report HERE
Edited by greybeard, 08 September 2011 - 07:21 AM.