Disability Awareness UNG Cumming - August 1, 2016

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Disability Awareness: Working Towards Building Bridges for an Inclusive Community

University of North Georgia, Cumming Campus

August 1, 2016


  • Liz Persaud, Training and Outreach Coordinator
  • Danny Housley, AT Funding & Resource Specialist
  • Sam Peters, Support Specialist
  • Ben Jacobs, Accommodation Specialist

Tools for Life, AMAC Accessibility Solutions at Georgia Tech

Join us for a unique interactive discussion focused on disability awareness and building bridges. Presenters will share a brief history of disability culture and explain the difference between the "medical model" and "social model". Discussion will center on how each of these models can be applied to communication, work, community living, and research for and about people with disabilities as well as when and what language should be used in appropriate settings and environments. Presenters will focus on the importance of people first language, disability neutral versus disability negative terminology, understanding the relationship between words, attitudes, actions, and etiquette. Examples of value laden language and how it applies to basic awareness principles will also be explored. This session is intended to provide a platform where professionals can learn about and discuss communication focused on and about people with disabilities and provide helpful tips and strategies while engaging in important conversations. Resources will be provided, including tips and strategies to "Keep the Conversation Going." Activities include an Ask-it Basket Q & A time. Please join us as we discuss idea of “Building Bridges” to develop more united, inclusive communities!

Disability Awareness PDF Presentation