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Title: Disability Awareness


1
Disability Awareness
2
Pity? You dont wanna be pitied because youre a
cripple in a wheelchairstay in ya house!
Hmmmmm...
3
Disability Awareness 101
  • Myths Facts
  • Disability Etiquette

4
Disability Myths and Facts
  • Myth - 1. A traditional story of unknown
    authorship, 2. Such stories collectively, 3. Any
    fictitious story, 4. Any imaginary person or
    thing spoke of as though existing
  • Fact - 1. A thing that actually happened or that
    is really true, 2. The state of things as they
    are reality actuality truth

5
Disability Statistical Facts
  • 19.4 (1 in 5) or 48.9 million people have a
    disability
  • 9.9 (1 in 10) have a disability that is not
    considered to be severe
  • 9.6 (1 in 10) have a severe disability
  • 80.6 (4 in 5) are not considered to have a
    disability

6
Employment and Disability Facts
  • 82.1 of people without a disability are likely
    to have a job or business
  • 76.9 of people with a non-severe disability are
    likely to have a job or business
  • 26.1 of people with a severe disability are
    likely to have a job or business
  • 79 of those not working want to work! (Harris,
    1990)

7
Where do I start?
8
A few myths debunked
  • 5
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9
Disability Etiquette
  • Definitions
  • Some basic lessons
  • Language

10
Define Disability!
  • Websters definition
  • Legal definitions
  • Do we need terms (labels)?
  • Focus is on the PERSON and their ABILITIES!!!

11
Websters definition
  • 1. A disabled condition
  • 2. That which disables, as an illness or injury
  • 3. A legal disqualification or incapacity
  • 4. Something that restricts limitation
    disadvantage

12
Legal Definitions
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Social Security
  • Rehabilitation Act

13
Some basic lessons in etiquette
  • Use person
  • person with
  • person who
  • Focus is on PERSON

14
Handicap
  • The Story
  • The Real Story
  • The Timeline
  • 1653 - Lottery Game
  • 1754 - Horse Races
  • 1883 - Concept of Equalization
  • 1915 - Children with physical disabilities
  • 1950 - Adults with disabilities

15
Its OK to offer assistance
  • Just dont assume...
  • a person needs any
  • a person wants any
  • that you know what they might want

16
Be inclusive in conversations
17
Theres no need to YELL!
18
Remember, theyre the expert
19
Its OK to make mistakes. Old habits are hard to
break!
20
Whats the problem?
  • The disabled, though not truly normal, should
    be applauded for their courage in admitting their
    handicaps and daily struggle to just get by.
    Whether they be deaf, mute, crippled, mentally
    defective, retarded or are stricken with CP or
    MS, their defects deserve our most sincere pity.
    Though many are confined to wheelchairs, their
    deformities can only serve as an inspiration to
    us all in their attempt to become healthy, whole
    and normal persons.
  • 20 of them!

21
Disability Language
  • Whats in a name?
  • Perceptions
  • Attitudes
  • Beliefs
  • Actions

22
Hearing Disabilities
  • The Deaf
  • Deaf and Dumb
  • Mute
  • Deaf-Mute
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Suffers a hearing loss

23
Motor Coordination Disabilities
  • Cripple
  • Crip
  • Spastic
  • Spaz
  • Cerebral Palsied
  • CP victim

24
Wheelchair Users
  • Confined
  • Wheelchair Bound

25
Cognitive Disabilities
  • Retarded
  • Moron
  • Idiot
  • Simple
  • Mentally Defective
  • Slow
  • Mongoloid

26
Mental Illness
  • Crazy
  • Insane
  • Psycho
  • Maniac
  • Nut Case

27
Other Disabilities
  • Midget
  • Birth Defect
  • Epileptic
  • Freak
  • Vegetable
  • Deformed

28
Specific Words
  • Stricken
  • Afflicted
  • Suffers
  • Impaired?
  • The
  • Normal
  • Victim
  • Defect

29
What about.
  • Dead
  • Alive
  • Bald (my destiny)
  • Metabolically different
  • Temporarily metabolically abled
  • Follicularly challenged

30
Seriously thoughIts all about people
  • Person with
  • Person who
  • Best way By their name

31
Try to be flexible and open
32
The point is...
  • We all have abilities
  • Many of us have disabilities
  • The focus is on the PERSON and their ABILITIES
  • And now, a word on ility

33
The ility song
34
Thank you!
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