Disability Rights

Accessible

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Your DGB for today is to choose the word “accessible” over “handicapped” when talking about parking spaces, bathrooms, etc.

There’s a meme making the rounds these days that DGB would like to signal-boost, titled “cool disability psa.” In it, the originator points out that the word “accessible” re-frames the discussion by “putting the focus on the accessibility of the environment” and not the supposed deficits of users, which we agree is a welcome change.

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This is a teeny tiny change we can all make to contribute to a kinder, gentler world for people with disabilities. Want to know what else you can do? Check out https://dredf.org/, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. Their website has a ton of information, news, and a podcast, all related to disability justice.

 

 

Remove the R-word from Your Vocabulary

Your DGB for today is to make a sincere promise to remove the hurtful R-word (retard, retarded, or any pejorative form of the word retardation) from your lexicon. Do it now, and do it forever. It’s cruel, it’s harmful, and it’s uncreative. You’re better than that. Make it official by signing the pledge here. (Supported by the Special Olympics and Best Buddies)

“Geeze, lay off! It’s just a word and I don’t mean it that way!” Yes, it’s just a word, but words are powerful and we should choose them carefully. Projecting a respectful attitude towards people with Intellectual Disabilities makes for a more inclusive world.