Introduction to Disabilities Lasted updated 6/21/2008
To Achieve <ul><li>Inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>And Freedom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For people wi...
People First Language <ul><li>A commentary by Kathie Snow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The difference between the right world &...
Who are the so-called Handicapped? <ul><li>Society’s myths tell us they are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People who “suffer” fro...
Who are they, Really? <ul><li>They are moms and dads and sons and daughters </li></ul><ul><li>Employees, employers </li></...
The Beginning of Wisdom is to Call Things by Their Right Names ( Old Chinese Proverb) <ul><li>Are you myopic or do you wea...
People First Language describes what a person HAS, not what person IS?
People First Language put the person before the disability!
The Disability Rights Movement <ul><li>Is the following in the footsteps of the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and th...
“ Disabilities is a natural part of the human condition” U.S. Developmental Disabilities Act & The Bill of Rights, 1993
Disability is not the “problem.” <ul><li>We need to rid our vocabulary of the word “problem” when talking about people’s n...
The real problems are attitudinal & environmental barriers. <ul><li>If educators-and society-at-large-perceived children w...
The real problems are attitudinal & environmental barriers…Part 2 <ul><li>If employers-and society-at-large </li></ul><ul>...
The real problems are attitudinal & environmental barriers…Part 3 <ul><li>If business owners-and society-at-large </li></u...
In our society, “handicapped” and “disabled” are all-encompassing terms that are misused.
All-encompassing terms that are misused...Part 2 <ul><li>People with hearing or vision impairments don’t need “handicapped...
All-encompassing terms that are misused...Part 3 <ul><li>Accommodations that enable people with disabilities to access a f...
All-encompassing terms that are misused...Part 4 <ul><li>“ Disabled” is not accurate, either. </li></ul><ul><li>Our societ...
All-encompassing terms that are misused...Part 5 <ul><li>If a new toaster doesn’t work, we say. “It defective!” and we ret...
It’s time we understand the power of language <ul><li>When we misuse words, we reinforce the barriers created by negative ...
It’s time we understand the power of language…Part 2 <ul><li>People will live up (or down) to our societies expectations. ...
Disability can be defined as a body function that operates differently. <ul><li>Contract that meaning with the origin of “...
“ Handicapped,” “Disabled,” or People with Disabilities:  which description is most accurate?
“ Handicapped,” & “Disabled” <ul><li>Evoke negative feelings (sadness, pity, fear, and more) & creates a stereotypical per...
The Disability Community <ul><li>Is the largest minority group in our nation, and it’s inclusive! </li></ul><ul><li>It inc...
The only Things people with disabilities have in common <ul><li>Having a body part that is different and </li></ul><ul><li...
If an when it happens to you, will you have more in common with others with disabilities or with your family, friends, and...
Many people who do not have a disability  will  have one in the future Others will have a family member or friend who acqu...
USING PEOPLE FIRST LANGUAGE IS CRUCIAL! <ul><li>If people with disabilities are to be included in all aspects of our commu...
USING PEOPLE FIRST LANGUAGE IS CRUCIAL…Part 2 <ul><li>Children with disabilities are children first. </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
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Introduction To Disabilities

  1. 1. Introduction to Disabilities Lasted updated 6/21/2008
  2. 2. To Achieve <ul><li>Inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>And Freedom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For people with disabilities, we must use </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. People First Language <ul><li>A commentary by Kathie Snow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The difference between the right world & the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mark Twain </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Who are the so-called Handicapped? <ul><li>Society’s myths tell us they are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People who “suffer” from the “tragedy of birth defects” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Paraplegic heroes” who “struggle” to become “normal” again </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Victims” who “fight” to “overcome” their conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Categorically: the so-called disabled, retarded, autistic, blind, deaf, learning disabled, and more </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Who are they, Really? <ul><li>They are moms and dads and sons and daughters </li></ul><ul><li>Employees, employers </li></ul><ul><li>Scientists (Stephen Hawking) </li></ul><ul><li>Friends and neighbors </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders and followers </li></ul><ul><li>Movie stars (Marlee Matlin) </li></ul><ul><li>Students and teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are people. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are people, first. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Beginning of Wisdom is to Call Things by Their Right Names ( Old Chinese Proverb) <ul><li>Are you myopic or do you wear glasses? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you cancerous or do you have cancer? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you freckled or do you have freckles? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you handicapped or disabled or do you have a disability? </li></ul>
  7. 7. People First Language describes what a person HAS, not what person IS?
  8. 8. People First Language put the person before the disability!
  9. 9. The Disability Rights Movement <ul><li>Is the following in the footsteps of the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and the Women’s Movement of the 1970s. </li></ul><ul><li>While people with disabilities and advocates work to end discrimination and segregation in education, employment, and our communities-at-large. </li></ul><ul><li>We must all work to eliminate the attitudinal barriers that percent people with disabilities from joining the main-stream of American society and taking their rightful places as citizens of their communities instead of clients of the systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Language is at the root of these attitudinal barriers! </li></ul>
  10. 10. “ Disabilities is a natural part of the human condition” U.S. Developmental Disabilities Act & The Bill of Rights, 1993
  11. 11. Disability is not the “problem.” <ul><li>We need to rid our vocabulary of the word “problem” when talking about people’s needs! </li></ul><ul><li>A person with glasses doesn’t say, “I have a problem seeing.” She says. “I wear (or need) glasses.” </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize that what we call a “problem” is actually a need. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The real problems are attitudinal & environmental barriers. <ul><li>If educators-and society-at-large-perceived children with disabilities as boys and girls who have to potential to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Who have the need for the same education as their brothers and sisters. </li></ul><ul><li>Who have a future in the adult world of work </li></ul><ul><li>We wouldn’t have to fight for inclusive education. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The real problems are attitudinal & environmental barriers…Part 2 <ul><li>If employers-and society-at-large </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Believed adults with disabilities have valuable job skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to the success of business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We wouldn’t have to fight for real pay in the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>real community . </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. The real problems are attitudinal & environmental barriers…Part 3 <ul><li>If business owners-and society-at-large </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewed people with disabilities as consumers with money to spend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We wouldn’t have to fight for accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>entrances and other accommodations. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. In our society, “handicapped” and “disabled” are all-encompassing terms that are misused.
  16. 16. All-encompassing terms that are misused...Part 2 <ul><li>People with hearing or vision impairments don’t need “handicapped” parking or restrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Many people with physical disabilities do need accessible parking and restrooms. </li></ul>
  17. 17. All-encompassing terms that are misused...Part 3 <ul><li>Accommodations that enable people with disabilities to access a facility-regardless of their disabilities-are accessible! </li></ul>
  18. 18. All-encompassing terms that are misused...Part 4 <ul><li>“ Disabled” is not accurate, either. </li></ul><ul><li>Our society “corrupts” language. </li></ul><ul><li>When a traffic reporters describes a traffic jam, we often here, “There’s a disabled vehicle on the highway.” </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled,” in that context, means “broken down.” </li></ul><ul><li>People with disabilities are not broken! </li></ul>
  19. 19. All-encompassing terms that are misused...Part 5 <ul><li>If a new toaster doesn’t work, we say. “It defective!” and we return it and get a new one! </li></ul><ul><li>Do we return babies who have birth “defect?” </li></ul><ul><li>The respectful term is “congenital disability.” </li></ul>
  20. 20. It’s time we understand the power of language <ul><li>When we misuse words, we reinforce the barriers created by negative and stereotypical attitudes. </li></ul><ul><li>When we refer to people with disabilities by medical diagnosis, we devalue and disrespect them as members of the human race. </li></ul><ul><li>Disability labels are simply sociopolitical terms that provide a passport to services. </li></ul><ul><li>For long, labels have been used to define the value and potential of people who are labeled. </li></ul>
  21. 21. It’s time we understand the power of language…Part 2 <ul><li>People will live up (or down) to our societies expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>If we expect people with disabilities to succeed, we cannot let labels stand in their way. </li></ul><ul><li>We must not let labels destroy the hopes and dreams of people with disabilities and their familities. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Disability can be defined as a body function that operates differently. <ul><li>Contract that meaning with the origin of “handicap,: from the dictionary, which refers to “hand in cap,” a game where the losing player was considered to be at a disadvantage; </li></ul><ul><li>And a legendary origin of the word which refers to a person with a disability having to bed on the street with “cap in hand.” </li></ul>
  23. 23. “ Handicapped,” “Disabled,” or People with Disabilities: which description is most accurate?
  24. 24. “ Handicapped,” & “Disabled” <ul><li>Evoke negative feelings (sadness, pity, fear, and more) & creates a stereotypical perception that people with disabilities are all alike. </li></ul><ul><li>All people who have brown hair are not alike. </li></ul><ul><li>All people with disabilities are not alike. </li></ul><ul><li>If fact, people with disabilities are more like people without disabilities than different! </li></ul>
  25. 25. The Disability Community <ul><li>Is the largest minority group in our nation, and it’s inclusive! </li></ul><ul><li>It includes people of both genders and of all ages, as well as individuals from all religious, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels </li></ul>
  26. 26. The only Things people with disabilities have in common <ul><li>Having a body part that is different and </li></ul><ul><li>Facing prejudice and discrimination. </li></ul><ul><li>Unique to the disability community is that it’s the only minority group that any American can join in a split second of an accident. </li></ul>
  27. 27. If an when it happens to you, will you have more in common with others with disabilities or with your family, friends, and co-workers?
  28. 28. Many people who do not have a disability will have one in the future Others will have a family member or friend who acquires a disability. If you acquire a disability in your lifetime: *H ow will you want to be described? *How will you want to be treated? Disability issues are issues that affect all Americans!
  29. 29. USING PEOPLE FIRST LANGUAGE IS CRUCIAL! <ul><li>If people with disabilities are to be included in all aspects of our communities-in ordinary, wonderful, and typical activities most take for granted </li></ul><ul><li>We must use the ordinary, wonderful, typical language used about people who don’t have disabilities. </li></ul>
  30. 30. USING PEOPLE FIRST LANGUAGE IS CRUCIAL…Part 2 <ul><li>Children with disabilities are children first. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The only labels they need are their names! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adults with disabilities are adults, first. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The only labels they need are their names! </li></ul></ul>

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