Terminology Matters Language That Respects Individuals with Disabilities

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When it comes to addressing disabilities, our use of language has changed considerably over the years to be more inclusive and respectful for all. How we interact and communicate with people with disabilities can and should demonstrate value and respect, and there are important nuances to consider. We’ll address these nuances together and explore the particulars of why terminology matters.

In this webinar, you’ll:

  • Examine the history of language related to individuals with disabilities and identify the importance of word choice
  • Discuss terminology, stereotyping, labels, and appropriate etiquette
  • Establish strategies and best practices for communication

Explore the importance of word choice in respecting individuals with disabilities.

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About the Presenter
MaryAnn Shaw has over 25 years of experience working with children and young adults with disabilities. She recently retired from her role as Assistant Professor of Education at Saint Francis University and continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor. MaryAnn holds master’s degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership, along with a Certified Brain Injury Specialist credential from the Brain Injury Association of America. She is a consultant for Joey’s Foundation, which supports research, innovation, and education related to children with brain injury.