|Do not say or use||Do use or say|
|Use images that isolate or call special attention to persons with disabilities unless appropriate to the subject matter||Use images that show persons with disabilities participating in society|
|Use actors or models without disabilities to represent persons with disabilities||Use actors or models with disabilities to portray persons with disabilities|
|Always depict the super-achieving individual to represent all persons with disabilities||Depict whenever possible, the typical individual who has a disability|
|Aged (the), Elderly (the), Adjectives like frail, senile or feeble suggest a negative image of seniors and should not be used||Seniors|
|Birth defect, congenital defect, deformity|
Blind (the), Visually impaired (the)
Confined to a wheelchair, wheelchair-bound
Person who is blind, person with a visual impairment
Person who uses a wheelchair, Wheelchair user for individuals with mobility impairment, a wheelchair is a means to get around independently, Person with a disability, person with a mobility impairment, person who has arthritis, a spinal cord injury, etc.
|Hard of hearing (the), hearing impaired||Person who is hard of hearing. These individuals are not deaf and may compensate for a hearing loss with an amplification device or system.|
|Deaf-mute, deaf and dumb||Person who is deaf. Culturally-linguistic deaf people (that is, sign language users) are properly identified as "the Deaf" (upper-case "D"). People who do not use sign language are properly referred to as "the deaf" (lower-case "d") or "people who are deaf".|
|Epileptic (the)||Person who has epilepsy.|
|Fit, attack, spell||Seizure|
|Handicapped (the)||Person with a disability, unless referring to an environmental attitudinal barrier. In such instances "person who is handicapped by" is appropriate.|
|Handicapped parking, bathrooms||Accessible parking, bathrooms|
Persons with a mental health disability, person who has schizophrenia, person who has depression.
Person with a disability.
|Learning disabled, learning disordered, the dyslexics||A person with a learning disability or persons with learning disabilities.|
|Person with an intellectual disability, person who is intellectually impaired.|
One can say a person with Down's Syndrome only if relevant to the story.
Normal is only acceptable in reference to statistics (i.e. the norm)
|Person who is not disabled.|
|Patient||Person with a disability.|
Unless the relationship being referred to is between a doctor and client.
|Person with a disability|
|She/he has a problem with...||She/he has a need for...|
|Spastic||Person who has spasms|
Spastic should never be used as a norm
|Person with a disability, person who has cerebral palsy, etc. Having a disability is not synonymous with suffering.|
|Victim of cerebal palsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, etc.||Person who has cerebal palsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, etc.|
Person with a disability.
Person with a mobility impairment.