This means we:
A rights-based approach focuses on people who are excluded or discriminated against. It often involves examining gender norms, different forms of discrimination and power imbalances.
Our disability and inclusion language has its roots in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
This is the reason we mainly use the term ‘people with disabilities’ in a lot of our communications. We also use the term ‘disabled people’ and some of our contributors and audiences prefer this.
Always respect the dignity, agency and wishes of the people you write about and refer to them in the way they choose. This is more important than applying house style or being consistent.
It is important we differentiate between impairment and disability. Impairment is the injury, illness or condition that can cause a loss or difference of function. Disability refers to the loss of opportunities to take part in society because of social and environmental barriers.