Inclusive SA

Respect a person’s individuality and rights


  • include people with disability in a range of everyday stories – not just about disability.
  • give people with disability a voice and let them speak for themselves, even if doing so is challenging – and regardless of how a person communicates and whether they need assistance to do so.
  • portray the person as part of their community – not part of a separate class of people. Just like other community members, people with disability have jobs, friends, families, relationships and viewpoints.


  • referring to people with disability in a childish manner
  • Adults with an intellectual disability are not children; avoid portraying them as such. For example, using their first name while others are given a title. ‘Jane, pictured with colleague Ms Ying…’

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Department of Human Services
Last Updated:
26 Oct 2023
Printed on:
22 Feb 2024
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