Wednesday, November 13, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.,
TLC PDA (N110 LC)

Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional, UI REACH

Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Janechek, lecturer in the University of Iowa Rhetoric Department and co-advisor to UI Students for Disability Advocacy & Awareness.

Have you ever wondered about how "person-first language" came into popularity, or why? Do you ever question whether or not it's okay to use words like "disabled" or "autistic", or if you should avoid them all together? Have you ever considered what people with disabilities themselves think about these language matters, and how that might impact the way you choose to communicate about disability? Who gets to be the ultimate authority on these matters, anyway?
 
Come join us for a discussion about these topics and others, all centered around the intersection of disability and language! This will an informative event centering organic conversation about disability language issues. This event will be of particular interest to students, staff, and faculty within the fields of education and human services, and/or for those interested in what role language plays in creating social justice.
 
The conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Janechek, a lecturer in the University of Iowa Rhetoric Department and co-advisor to UI Students for Disability Advocacy & Awareness. Dr. Janechek has extensive background in Disability Studies and recently developed an undergraduate course titled "The Language of (Dis)Ability", which is being taught in the Rhetoric Department for the first time this semester. The class explores normalcy, society's preference for able-bodiedness, and disability/mental health stigma. For more information on the course, please visit https://clas.uiowa.edu/rhetoric/rhetoric-minor/spring-offerings-2020.
 
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact UISDAA at studorg-uisdaa@uiowa.edu.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Baker Teacher Leader Center, 319-335-5623, in advance.