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Social Justice & Disability: Recognizing and Valuing Disability as Diversity

Graduate School Professional Development
Diversity & Inclusion Badge Program (DIBP)

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In this session, we will discuss stereotypes commonly held about people with disabilities and the origins of those stereotypes. We will take this one step further to dissect the power of language and the historical context of using language to disempower individuals with disabilities. Finally, we will take time during this session to talk about “casual ableism,” how it shows up in media and every day exchanges as well as strategies that can be used to counteract ableism. The goal of this session is to help participants (a) understand and articulate stereotypes about people with disabilities, (b) assess the language they use and how it may be disempowering for individuals with disabilities, (c) identify and label ableism as they encounter it, and (d) use their understanding of ableism to be more thoughtful in their interactions with others.

Paige Ramsdell, PhD
Assistant Dean of Students for Accessibility & Inclusion/Director 
Disability Services for Students

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Memorial Union, 313 50 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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