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From: by way of Harvey Bingham <CBoyer@RESNA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 18:08:05 -0400
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I believe the immediately following reference, from the U.S. Department of
Labor, deserves to be among WAI resources.

Regards/Harvey Bingham

You are so right on!! Language is so very important. And for those on this
list who may need a short-and-sweet language guide to disability etiquette,
please check out:


Carol Boyer
Project Associate
RESNA Technical Assistance Project
1700 N. Moore Street, Suite 1540
Arlington, VA 22209
703/524-6686, x- 309 (V)
703/524-6639 (TTY)
703/524-6630 (Fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: Ellen Perlow [mailto:EPerlow@TWU.EDU]
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2001 4:01 PM
Subject: We are PEOPLE FIRST!

Dear Accessibility Advocates:

Re: Jeffrey Sutton's nomination

To reiterate a message I have posted before:

As long as we are "THE DISABLED" = by dictionary definition  non-functioning
inanimate objects, we can kiss goodbye any civil [=people] rights.

If we ever become perceived as PEOPLE, PEOPLE First, there might be a
glimmer of
hope in being granted a civil [people] right or two.

We advocates and people who self-identify as people with differabilities may
fully understand and appreciate that people who do things differently are
people who do achieve and accomplish "like everyone else." Please do not
that everyone else knows what we know [they don't].

Change the Language.  Change the Perception.

Positive Language--People FIRST Language (preferably without "dis" and other
negative terminology) Sells and Wins.  Every Time.

Ellen Perlow
Chair, ALA ASCLA Century Scholarship Committee
The ALA ASCLA Century Scholarship Diversity Initiative
"Celebrating a New Century that Celebrates Diversity"
Have YOU recruited/applied to be a Century Scholarship applicant today?
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