Sidestepping Ableist Language: CSUN 2017

Posted on Monday, 13 March 2017 by Ashley Bischoff

I had a blast at the CSUN conference in San Diego. It was wonderful to be able to catch up with colleagues in the field, and as always, I picked up a few new things here and there. My session was on Friday, and I talked about how we can sidestep ableist language.

If you might not be familiar with it, ableist language refers to words and phrases—such as “crazy,” “lame,” and “insane”—that devalue people with mental or physical disabilities. Many of us as accessibility advocates make an effort to use language that’s inclusive toward people with disabilities, and steering clear of ableist language is one of the prime slices in that pie.

My slides on Sidestepping Ableist Language are available online—and once the opening slide loads, you can move to the next slide with any of the arrow keys or the page-up and page-down keys.

About Ashley Bischoff

Ashley Bischoff is an accessibility analyst and copy editor at The Paciello Group. With her expertise across assistive technologies and front-end baubles stretching back to the days of Netscape 4, Ashley has the chops to make accessibility work. And with her copy editor’s pen in hand, Ashley keeps her eyes peeled for buried verbs and dangling modifiers while she wrangles stray homophones.


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