Talking about disability doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does need to be respectful. The Disability Language Style Guide, now available at styleguide.hamiltondds.org, provides tools to help people use more inclusive language. More than 61 million people in the United States have a disability – that’s one out of every four adults. Even if you don’t have a disability, chances are you know someone who does – a family member or friend, a co-worker or a customer who frequents your business. The Disability Language Style Guide discusses why language matters, defines disability-related terms, and shares a number of resources to help people discuss disabilities in an inclusive way.
This community resource is a collaborative effort among people with disabilities and organizations in Southwest Ohio that support and empower people with disabilities.