Research Supports a Shift in Language Use - Why We Should Stop Using the Phrase Special Needs

Language use is top of mind for me lately.

Changing one’s language is a necessary and significant step in affecting lasting culture change; Removing the Stumbling Block

Maybe this is because it’s the time of year to focus on year-end forms and registration for next year. Maybe it’s because there’s more and more being written about language use as it pertains to gender and sexuality and I find myself thinking about how I believe the Disability Inclusion Movement lags behind by about 5 or so years. Or maybe it’s because I am just a self-professed grammar nerd and think about the nuances of language use on a regular basis. Probably it’s some combination of the three.

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