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Disability Etiquette

Reporting and Writing About People with Disabilities

The following guidelines are suggestions for using language in a more sensitive manner that avoids reducing individuals to a series of labels, symptoms, or medical terms. Advocating for media representatives to be aware of how they use language regarding individuals with disabilities and their families does not suppress freedom of speech. Rather, these suggestions are intended to guide media representatives about how words really do make a difference.
Read the guidelines here.

Words Matter

The following list depicts phrases and terms that are generally considered appropriate, as well as terms and phrases to avoid using. Please keep in mind that language is constantly evolving and not everyone has the same preference, so the best guideline when referring to people is to ASK.
Read Words Matter here.

Commonly Used Acronyms

The following list of acronyms are commonly used on NDRN's website and on our publications.
Read the list of acronyms here.





ABCDF | HILMNOPQRSTU
A
ACF
AC
ADA
ADD
ATC
Administration for Children and Families
Advisory Council
Americans with Disabilities Act
Administration on Development Disabilities
Assistive Technology Center
B
BOD Board of Directors
C
CAP
CCD
CMHS
CMS
Client Assistance Program
Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities
Center for Mental Health Services
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly HCFA - Health Care Financing Administration)
D
DD
DD Act
DDC
DSA
Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act
Developmental Disabilities Council
Designated State Agency
F
FY Fiscal Year
H
HAVA Help America Vote Act
I
IDEA
ILCs
Individual with Disabilities Education Act
Independent Living Centers
L
LD Learning Disability
M
MI
MR
MTARS
Mental Illness
Mental Retardation
Monitoring and Technical Assistance Review System
N
NDRN

NIDRR
National Disability Rights Network (formerly NAPAS - National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems)
National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research
O
OMB
OSERS
Office of Management & Budget
Office of Special Education Rehabilitation Services
P
PAAT
PABSS
PADD
PAIMI
PAIR
PAVA
PPR
PR
Protection & Advocacy for Obtaining Assistive Technology
Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security
Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness
Protection & Advocacy for Individual Rights
Protection& Advocacy for Voting Access
Program Performance Report
Public Relations
R
RSA
Rehab Act
Rehabilitation Services Administration
Rehabilitation Act
S
SAMHSA
SOP
SSA
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Statement of Objectives & Priorities
Social Security Administration
T
TASC
TASR
TBI
Tech Act
Training and Advocacy Support Center (formerly ATTAC – Advocacy Training and Technical Assistance Center)
Technical Assistance Site Review (CMHS)
Traumatic Brain Injury
Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act
U
UAP
UCE
University Affiliated Program
University Centers for Excellence in Development Disabilities Education, Research and Service

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