Accessibility terms

Write in a way that puts people first by using the phrase person with or person who.

Don’t use language that defines people by their disability, such as disabled, impaired, and the deaf. A person might have a visual impairment, but that person isn’t impaired.

Person with visual impairment, person who is blind
Person with hearing loss, person with deafness
Person who is nonverbal, person who uses sign language
Person who uses a wheelchair
Person with a prosthetic limb, person without a limb
Person with autism
Person of small stature

It's OK to use words such as see, read, and look when calling out an example or another reference.

For more information see Accessibility terms.

If necessary, use the following terms to describe people with disabilities or the disabilities themselves.

For an overview of Microsoft accessibility policies, see Accessibility guidelines and requirements.

To learn more about writing that conveys respect to all people and promotes equal opportunities, see the Guidelines for Inclusive Language from the Linguistic Society of America.

Use this Instead of this
Blind, has low vision Sight-impaired, vision-impaired
Deaf or hard-of-hearing Hearing-impaired
Has limited mobility, has a mobility or physical disability Crippled, lame
Is unable to speak, uses synthetic speech Dumb, mute
Has multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder, or muscular dystrophy Affected by, stricken with, suffers from, a victim of, an epileptic
Without disabilities Normal, able-bodied, healthy
Person with a prosthetic limb, person without a limb Maimed, missing a limb
People with disabilities The disabled, disabled people, people with handicaps, the handicapped
Cognitive disabilities, developmental disabilities Slow learner, mentally handicapped, differently abled
TTY (to refer to the telecommunication device) TT/TTD