Writing and editing

This page offers resources for choosing the right words when writing about disability. Click on the title of the resource to access.

Choosing the Right Words
A primer developed by the National Center on Disability and Journalism on a journalist’s responsibility to use relevant disability terms at are accurate, objective and fair. Find the powerpoint here.

Disability Reporting Checklist
A checklist developed by the National Center on Disability and Journalism with important questions for journalists to ask themselves as they write and report a story about disability. Find the checklist here.

Disability language style guide
This style guide, developed by the National Center on Disability and Journalism, is intended to help reporters understand changing disability terms. It covers almost 200 words and terms commonly used when referring to disability, most of which are not covered in The Associated Press style guide. Find the style guide here.