This page provides links to guides from various organizations about effective, sensitive ways to talk about disability in the media.
From the NCDJ:
Disability Language Style Guide
The National Center on Disability and Journalism developed this guide to provide context and recommendations for commonly used disability words and phrases.
Manual de redacción del NCDJ
Este manual de redacción fue preparado por el Centro Nacional de Discapacidad y Periodismo (National Center on Disability and Journalism, NCDJ) de la Universidad Estatal de Arizona para dar contexto y sugerir recomendaciones para palabras y términos comúnmente usados al referirse a la discapacidad.
Other media guides:
COVID-19 and Impacted Communities: A Media Communications Guide – COVID-19 Working Group New York
Guidelines for journalists and communication professionals to ensure accurate reporting and to mitigate
stigma associated with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the associated disease COVID-19.
Health Equity Style Guide for Coronavirus – Centers for Disease Control
Guidelines for journalists to cover the coronavirus pandemic equitably.
Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health – The Carter Center
Guidelines for journalists to cover behavioral health conditions, including mental and substance use disorders, in an accurate, fair and sensitive way.
Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities – University of Kansas
A set of guidelines for communicators that covers concepts like person-first language and Rosa’s Law, from the university’s Research & Training Center on Independent Living. También se puede ver la edición en español.
Guidelines for Writing About People With Disabilities – Americans with Disabilities Act National Network
A list of fourteen straightforward ways writers can use accurate, neutral and objective language to portray individuals with disabilities in a respectful and balanced way.
Reporting and Writing About People with Disabilities – National Disability Rights Network
A set of guidelines for how media representatives can use more sensitive language in their communications.
Accessible Writing Guide – ACM SIGACCESS (Association for Computing Machinery’s special interest group on accessible computing)
A guide to appropriate terminology when writing for academic publications in the field of accessibility.
A guide on investigating disability issues. – The Global Investigative Journalism Network offers a comprehensive guide on investigating disability issues. The guide includes best practices on language and interviewing, key issues and topics to investigate, and sources and data.
Disability Reporting Handbook – This handbook was developed by Media Diversity Australia to assist journalists reporting on disability.