Disability: Resources

Below are a few resources for writers and communicators that may be helpful on specific use of language related to disability.

  • The guidebook Inclusive Language in Media: A Canadian Style Guide was produced by a group of colleges and universities and has specific guidance on use of language on disability.
  • For a substantive list of terminology on language and written style related to disability, see the National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) style guide, though note this is from an American journalistic point-of-view.
  • The blog post Coming to Terms with Madness, Illness, and Disabilities of Mind offers a short reading of Margaret Price’s Mad At School focused on terms for “mental disability”.
  • For more on Canadian Press guidelines and principles on disability, see The Canadian Press Style available through the University of Waterloo library.
  • For campus communicators interested in a fuller understanding of disability, language, and academia, see University of Waterloo professor Jay Dolmage’s Disability Rhetoric (2014) and Academic Ableism (2017).