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14.14 Fair and Representative Depiction of People with Disabilities, Identification of groups

Do not define people by their disorders or use dehumanizing stereotypes, such as "the disabled," "the blind," "the retarded."

  • Be aware of the self-identification preferences of individuals or groups:
    • people/persons with disabilities not the handicapped
    • Canadians with disabilities not disabled Canadians
  • The generic term "people with disabilities" can be adapted to the purpose of the text:
    • passengers requiring assistance to board the plane/train
    • students who use wheelchairs
    • clients with a hearing impairment