When referring to groups of people, use:

  • people not persons in text (“persons” can be used in tables)
  • adults: men and women
  • children up to 16 years old: boys and girls
  • a mixture of adults and children: males and females
  • children up to 16 years old: “young people” or “under 16s”
  • “disabled people” or “people with disabilities” NOT “the disabled” or “the handicapped”
  • “homeless people” NOT “the homeless”
  • “older people” NOT “the elderly”

Note that common usage changes so be sensitive. If in doubt, ask people for their preference or use the terminology that groups use to refer to themselves.