Language That Empowers Workplace Diversity
Welcoming diversity includes adopting language that empowers workers and reduces stigmas. Do the terms "wheelchair bound," "stuck in a wheelchair," or "confined to a wheelchair" sound familiar? Replace this language with "uses a wheel chair" or "wheelchair user." This simple modification of phrasing helps overcome the stigmatizing language of yesteryear. 2021 marks 30 years since regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were issued. Celebrate the anniversary with a commitment to a positive, diverse, and welcoming workplace with this simple language tweak.
Keith Stein |