About this resource
The language a school community uses about disability can influence attitudes and impact people’s lives. When school communities speak about others positively, using language that is preferred by students with disability and their families, it contributes to an inclusive culture that changes how students with disability are viewed by themselves and others, and supports a sense of belonging.
This Inclusive language guide helps schools get started with using inclusive language throughout the school community. Schools may create and display their own inclusive language posters using the interactive template provided.
When it comes to specific terms for disability, student preferences and voice (and those of their family when appropriate) take priority. Encourage students with disability to speak for themselves, and use their preferred language.