A Way With Words

Guidelines for the portrayal of people with a disability

The power of words and images to reflect and shape community perceptions of people with a disability is widely acknowledged.

This moulding of perceptions and attitudes through language is an ongoing and dynamic process. It represents an important responsibility and a significant challenge to all involved - particularly those who engage in public communications as a part of their professional lives.

The guidelines presented in A Way With Words are designed to raise awareness of language based issues specific to the portrayal of people with a disability.

They also assist in the development of positive and appropriate communications with and regarding the disability sector.