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Isn't it time for some common sense, new ways of thinking, and good news about disability issues? You'll find it all here!
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People First Language
People First Language (PFL) represents more respectful, accurate ways of communicating. People with disabilities are not their diagnoses or disabilities; they are people, first.
PFL is not about "political correctness," it's about good manners and The Golden Rule. "Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you," is a very harmful myth. Words do matter! They can raise or lower expectations; hurt or help; crush hopes or create dreams; and so much more.
Now it's time to extend that courtesy to the boys, girls, men, and women in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and communities who happen to have disabilities.
Click here for a variety of Kathie's People First Language articles. Isn't it time for more respectful and accurate language for all?
New Ways of Thinking
Yes, Disability is Natural—but what do apples have to do with disability?
One of the five apples is green. One American in five has a disability, making people with disabilities the largest minority group and the only group that anyone can join at any time: at birth or through an accident, illness, or the aging process.
A green apple is more like red apples than different; a person with a disability is more like people without disabilities than different. The U.S. Developmental Disabilities Act states, "Disability is a natural part of the human experience..." This is your source for Kathie Snow's life-changing articles and products that can generate positive change. Visit the different EXPLORE sections for a variety of thought-provoking, informative articles. Visit the Disability is Natural Online Store for Kathie's life-changing book and other unique products that promote new ways of thinking about disability!
IT'S TIME FOR POSITIVE CHANGE . . .
Are you content with the status quo? (Probably not.)
Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress. Thomas Edison
Can you create positive change? (Absolutely!)
Be the change you want to see in the world. Gandhi
Each of us has the power to generate positive change: in our homes, schools, workplaces, and the community at large.
Our attitudes and language drive our actions, and all of us have the power to choose to change our own attitudes and the words we use. In the process, we'll also change our actions. In turn, others may choose to change their actions in response to the changes in our actions. We're all connected!
You'll find many (200-plus) helpful articles on our site; click here for an alphabetical listing of these articles. As an alternative, visit the different "Explore" sections.
Check out the one-of-a-kind products in our store: books, media, posters, bookmarks, buttons, and note cards–they're "attitude-adjusters" that can help others embrace new ways of thinking.
Learn more by watching Regular Lives for Families with Children with Disabilities, from the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, a series of 22 segments on a variety of important topics of interest to families, professionals, and people with disabilities. Enjoy!
We can do this, so let's get started!