(Featured in Marshallese on Youtube "Naan, Kejbarok am konaan ienwotemjej einwot ke "naan" ekajoor im ekkan jen jajje", go to this link to view the video in that language: http://youtu.be/umleZNHDaZ4)
The Following are Examples of the Do's and Don'ts of People First Language.
Once again, put the person first when writing or speaking about individuals with disabilities! Stay away from labelsl ike the blind, the deaf, or the disabled. They do not reflect the individuality, equality, or dignity of individuals with disabilities. So, with this in mind, when referring to an individual with a disability...
Say or write this... instead of this!
PRESS RELEASE: July 22, 2013
Arkansas Support Network is pleased to announce the hire of Jellesen Rubon-Chutaro as Outreach Coordinator for Marshallese families. We’re excited about the strong connection Jellesen has with the Marshallese community, both in terms of her ability to communicate fluently in English and Marshallese, and her connection to the islands through her college and past work experiences.
Arkansas Support Network has a federal grant from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to provide information and training to families who have children who receive special education services and those whose children are eligible for these services. One of the areas of focus for this grant is immigrant families, particularly Hispanic and Marshallese.
Candia Nicholas, Director of the Family Support Program for ASN, says “we are pleased to have Jellesen’s experience and knowledge, as we strive to reach Marshallese families who have children with disabilities“. Jellesen works in the Family Support Program/Community Parent Resource Center office of Arkansas Support Network (ASN) in the Jones Family Resource Center on Emma St. in Springdale. Jellesen can be contacted by calling 479-927-4100 or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arkansas Special Education Mediation Project (ASEMP) is different from other mediation programs in that it is not court-centered. The method for resolving special education disputes is an administrative hearing process. The ASEMP gives parents and schools an alternative. Trained professional mediators assist parties in finding effective solutions to the problems affecting educational services for children with disabilities.
Mediation is voluntary and confidential. It offers parents and educators the chance to work with each other and address a child’s special education needs. Mediation helps people talk and work hard on the problem without being hard on the people. The focus is on working together to find a solution that is in the best interest of the student.
Source / Find more information here: http://ualr.edu/law/clinical-programs/mediation/arkansas-special-education-mediation-project/
Staff of the Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)