Disability Language Style Guide: Recommendations from the WSA

WSA Staff

The WSA recommends using “people first” language as we do in our communications—language that puts the person before their diagnosis. For example, a person with a disability; not “disabled person” 

Individual with Williams syndrome. Not a “Williams syndrome person or child.” Put the person first. Never mention the disability at all unless it is pertinent to the conversation/communication.

Families affected by Williams syndrome, and not WS families.

Partners in Policymaking: Education for Advocacy

WSA Staff

Partners in Policymaking is a free program designed to educate people with disabilities and their family members/caregivers and supply them with the power of advocacy to positively change the way people with disabilities are supported and viewed in education, community the workplace, and more. More than 30 states offer free training sessions each year with a certification.