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 age 16 years: boys and girls
  • a mixture of adults and children: males and females
  • children up to age 16 years: “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.