Practice and Policy Lecture Series: Communicating Respectfully with People who Disabilities
"Disability is a natural part of the human experience." So states a Congressional finding that is included in the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights. Advocates further recognize and remind us that "disability" is the one "minority group" anyone can join, at any time. And yet, while Oklahomans with disabilities and living, working, playing and worshiping in our communities every day, too often we do not engage with these fellow citizens because disability can be confusing or scary to us. It truly need not be. People with disabilities are PEOPLE, first. Join us to learn how to get over your fears in communicating with people with disabilities, and learn important, empowering language that all of us should use to better include those with disabilities into our communities.