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Demystifying the Language of Disability (Webinar Recording, Free to EFA Members)


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"The language of disability is deeply personal. Editors play a crucial role in supporting disability-affirming language." —Emily Ladau, instructor

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Disabled people are the world’s largest minority, and disability cuts across all identity groups. Did the previous sentence put your editorial radar on high alert for whether it’s correct to say “disabled people,” or even to use the word “disability” at all? If so, this webinar is for you! In this 60-minute workshop, editors will learn how to engage respectfully with the language of disability, which is deeply personal and never one-size-fits-all.

Specific areas of focus will include:

  • Person-first and identity-first language
  • Disability euphemisms
  • Function labels
  • Stigmatizing words
  • Disability terminology as figurative language
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Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, storyteller, and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. Her writing has been published in outlets including The New York Times, CNN, Vice, and HuffPost. Her first book, Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally, was published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in September 2021. Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, from the U.S. Department of Education to the United Nations. Central to all of Emily’s work is harnessing the power of storytelling to engage people in learning about disability.

This webinar originally aired on May 4, 2023.

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