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Communicating With and About People with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), other legislation, and the efforts of many disability organizations have begun to improve accessibility in buildings, increase access to education, open employment opportunities, and develop realistic portrayals of persons with disabilities in television programming and motion pictures. However, more progress needs to be made. Many people still view persons with disabilities as individuals to be pitied, feared, or ignored. These attitudes may arise from discomfort with individuals who are perceived to be different or simply from a lack of information. Listed below are some suggestions on how to relate and communicate with and about people with disabilities. We must look beyond the disability and look at the individual's ability and capability--the things that make each of us unique and worthwhile.

Source: The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
Documents:
Positive Language Empowers
Cerebral Palsy - Facts & Figures
Watch Your Language! Tips for the media regarding people with disabilities
People First Language

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