The 3-minute deadline checklist: common misused terms and alternatives
It’s understood media professionals need to describe things in the most concise way possible, communicating in clear and concise language.
While acknowleging deadlines can place writers under severe pressure, we encourage them to read over text to ensure language choices are intentional because it’s easy to cause inadvertent harm with terminology.
Please consider these language preferences wherever you can
Do use….”autistic person”. Instead of…”person who has autism”.
Do use…explanation of actual support needs. Instead of…low or high functioning. Avoid functioning labels because they may under-estimate or over-estimate the strengths and challenges an individual faces.