• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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Putting People First: Disability Language and Etiquette

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 11:20 AM PDT  
Platinum 7  

We are not defined by our disability - it is only part of who we are. Frustratingly, prevalent language around disability (influenced by ableism and the medical model of disability) can be demeaning and even damaging.

In this interactive workshop, we begin by exploring models of disability and discuss how they inform our perceptions of disability and of individuals with disability. We define person-first and identify-first language and consider their nuances within the disability community. Because our environments – at work and in educational settings – are strongly influenced by the language that we use, we will discuss how person-first language helps to reduce stereotyping and foster an environment filled with dignity and respect. Finally, we will discuss appropriate and respectful ways to interact with and support individuals with disabilities. Throughout this workshop we encourage and celebrate respectful discussion.

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Session Summary (Abstract)
This workshop is a safe space to discuss models of disability and consider how they inform our perceptions. We also explore person- and identify-first language and consider their nuances. Finally, we consider respectful ways to offer support.  
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Secondary Topics
  • Employment & Workplace
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
  • Independent Living
  • School-to-Work Transitioning
Session Type
General Track  


  • Kim Saccio
    Cañada College
  • Benjamin McMullan
    Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities, San Mateo
  • Vincent Lopez
    Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco

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