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Workshop: Do You See the Person or the Disability?

Wed, Mar 20, 2013, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Reinsch Library Auditorium

Should you say, “Handicap parking, or accessible parking? An autistic person, or a person with autism? She suffers from ADHD, or she has ADHD?" Should we use words like retarded, crippled, or birth defect? Is there a difference between being handicapped and having a disability? How does language and behavior reflect our attitudes about people with disabilities? What are person-first language and skills?

This Person-First Workshop is sponsored by the MU Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children and the ADA Committee in collaboration with the Arc of Northern Virginia.

Lucy Beadnell and Katherine Montgomery from The Arc of Northern Virginia will share information on the history of the treatment of people with disabilities in America and how that has brought us to today's support system. At this workshop, you will learn how to address and work with someone with a disability, as well as how to understand "person-centered" thinking and "person-first" language.
The discussion ends at 6 p.m., with a reception following.

RSVP required:
Dr. Douglas Ball - douglas.ball@marymount.edu