Using hopeful and respectful language

kidsWords are powerful and important tools in shaping ideas, perceptions and attitudes.

Consider your choice of language when talking about students with disabilities with school staff, parents, other students, and the students who have disabilities themselves. In many instances it may be unnecessary to refer to disabilities and may be more helpful to describe what the student needs, in the kind of everyday language you would use for any student.


changing how we talk about disabilitiesChanging How We Talk About Disabilities –
This video from the Inclusive Education Video Series (Alberta Education) addresses the importance of using respectful and positive language when talking about students with disabilities. (3:06 min)

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