Disability in Media

The Words We Use: CommunicationFIRST’s Style Guide – We are finding our own voice, telling our own truths, and expressing our own individual and collective stories. We are naming ourselves. And we choose our words with great care. This document explains our reasoning behind the words we currently choose to use and avoid. It is the consensus result of many hours of thoughtful reflection, discussion, and debate among the diverse members of CommunicationFIRST’s Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and staff. It is a work in progress.

Disability Language Style Guide, from the National Center on Disability and Journalism. This style guide covers dozens of words and terms commonly used when referring to disability. Available in Spanish, Romanian, and Italian.

The Routledge Companion to Disability and Media. Edited by Katie Ellis, Gerard Goggin, Beth Haller, and Rosemary Curtis. Routledge, New York. 2020. An authoritative and indispensable guide to disability and media, this thoughtfully curated collection features varied and provocative contributions from distinguished scholars globally, alongside next-generation research leaders.