We’ve had a wonderful month celebrating #DDawareness17. This week, we take a look at the effect words and labels have on fully-inclusive living for people with disabilities.
How can you create a culture of inclusion in your community?
- Support existing efforts to halt the official use of offensive language. This legislative session, The Arc Georgia, supported by Arc chapter members like Albany ARC and advocacy groups like Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, is spearheading an effort (HB 343) to remove denigrating language from Georgia’s state code by replacing it with modern terminology. Support in the form of phone calls to legislators from advocates like you makes a huge difference in our efforts to make Georgia an inclusive state for all.
- Make a commitment to cultural competency. Check out resources like these for specific tools for implementation, and learn more about person-centered planning.
- Leave stereotypes behind: “Emphasize abilities not limitations.”