Words Matter: Exploring Language and Labels for Survivors with Disabilities

In the disability community, where there is a history of erasure, exploitation, and misunderstanding, language choices and labels we use to talk about people with disabilities (also referred to as disabled people) are ever-changing and important. Every community member’s decisions about language should be respected and uplifted.

Join this interactive webinar with Olga Trujillo, as we delve into the evolving terminology used to identify and describe people with disabilities, the various perspectives of disability communities, and the importance of empowering those most impacted to make decisions about the language we use.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to describe the history and differences between people first language and identity first language
Participants will understand the importance of using preferred language when addressing people with disabilities
Participants will be able to discuss the ways in which language choice reflects the autonomy and decision making of disabled people

People with mental health disabilities still face significant barriers in seeking and receiving needed services, including more significant or unfamiliar responses to trauma and lingering stigma around their disabilities. Service providers must continue the work in ensuring their services are safe, welcoming, and accessible and that the experiences of people with mental health disabilities are centered. Join Olga Trujillo as they explore the needs of people with mental health disabilities and potential solutions for overcoming barriers to services that responders, investigators and service providers can implement to be more responsive to their needs. This webinar is for any person that works with survivors including responders, investigators, and social service organizations.