There was a society in the UK called "The Spastic Society" which was founded in the 1950s to support people with cerebral palsy (it was named after "spastic cerebral palsy" which is the most common type of cerebral palsy". The word "spastic" was then taken from the society's name and used as an insult, implying people were developmentally disabled, regardless of whether they were or not.
I remember this being particularly prevalent in the 80s around the time of the Blue Peter appeal featuring Joey Deacon, after which 'spastic' (along with 'joey') became an instant playground insult, almost the next day. Kids can be very cruel.
Ditto 'flid'. I used to work with a person who was Thalidomide affected and he said that was *the* nastiest of disability-related insults.
Handicapped is used pretty commonly here by people who just don't know that it's un-PC now. It's often used in reference to accommodations for disabled people - I hear about the handicapped (parking) spot, or the handicapped stall, but I rarely hear about a handicapped person.
Ah, that's interesting; although I see lots of talk about handicapped parking etc I hadn't made the distinction.
Here, they'd be referred to as 'the disabled toilet' (or 'the accessible toilet') and 'disabled parking'.
As a sidenote: it's pretty much accepted in the UK that the disabled toilet is solely for the use of disabled people; there's more of a taboo attached to an able-bodied person using a disabled toilet than there seems to be in the US. But then again, our disabled toilets aren't accessible stalls within a normal public bathroom - they're completely separate entities and you often have to ask the staff for a key to open them to prevent use by non-disabled people.