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Editorial Styleguide

stereotypes

Avoid racial and sexual references or mention of debilitating physical conditions if they are not germane to the story. The phrase “people with disabilities” is preferable to “the disabled”; the term “disabled” to “handicapped.”

Don’t say “afflicted with” or “the victim of”; instead: She has a spinal injury.

Don’t use a disease as a descriptive: He has diabetes. NOT He is a diabetic.

EXCEPTION: Survivor of is acceptable, as in He is a survivor of cancer.


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