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The Language of Disability, presented by the Diversity Initiative (webinar, EFA MEMBERS ONLY) SU21


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Presented by the EFA’s Diversity Initiative.

Language is tricky, no matter what the topic. But when it comes to disability, it’s really a challenge to make sure we use the correct words to describe a person’s physical or cognitive condition. Amy Silverman, an independent journalist and member of the advisory board of the National Center on Disability and Journalism, has edited NCDJ’s disability language style guide for several years, and will lead a discussion about best practices with plenty of time for Q&A.

The webinar is free to all EFA members but attendance at the live session is limited. All members will be able to download the recorded version of the webinar for free a few days after it airs.

Amy Silverman is an independent journalist based in Tempe, Arizona. As a member of the advisory board of the National Center on Disability and Journalism, she edits NCD J’s disability language style guide and often speaks about it. Amy’s work has appeared in ProPublica, The Guardian, Salon, Literary Hub, The New York Times and on the radio shows This American Life and Here and Now. In the spring of 2021 she was a visiting Nieman fellow at Harvard University, researching better ways for journalists to cover people with intellectual disabilities. Amy’s book, “My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love and Down Syndrome,” was published by Woodbine House in 2016. She’s a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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