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Inclusive language

Think about the words you are using. Use positive language and do not label people when talking about disabilities and conditions.

Do say things like:

  • people living with a disability, or disabled person
  • people with diabetes
  • wheelchair user

Don't say:

  • afflicted by
  • suffering from
  • victim of
  • confined to a wheelchair
  • handicapped
  • diabetic person
  • sick or diseased person

Extra guidance on using inclusive language when writing about disability: