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A march in celebration of the ADA 25th Anniversary

July 26, 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 9th edition of Guidelines: How to Write about People with Disabilities celebrates this landmark legislation and reaffirms our commitment to its principles.

First published in 1984, the Guidelines brochure has become a classic on person-first language. It reflects input from more than 100 national disability groups. Portions of the recommendations have been adopted by the Associated Press Stylebook, the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

the front cover of the 9th edition

Download a PDF or view the Guidelines as a webpage.

the guidelines poster

The companion poster highlights selected entries from the Guidelines. Download a PDF or view it as a webpage.


The 8th edition of the Guidelines is still available in Spanish and Korean.

Order form for printed copies: Download (PDF) | HTML

Source: Products: Disability Portrayal Issues/Media | Research & Training Center on Independent Living

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