Accessibility: Getting the language right

Always refer to the person first rather than their impairment.  In this way the person is not defined by their impairment. Use the word accessible rather than disabled to refer to accessible facilities designed for people with disability.

UseDon't use
Person with disabilityDisabled person

Person who is blind

Person who has a vision impairment

Blind person

Person who is deaf

Person who has a hearing impairment

Deaf person
Accessible parkingDisabled parking
Accessible toiletDisabled toilet

Person who uses a wheelchair

Wheelchair user

Person who is confined to a wheelchair

This checklist is one of a series that support the Guidelines for Accessible Events.

Download the Checklist: Getting the language right (PDF, 61.98KB)