The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Collaboration with Foundations for Divergent Minds and the John Hopkins’ Disability Health Research Center are proud to present Decoding Discrimination! Designed to identify discriminatory phrases that have appeared in policies/practices/patient notes throughout the pandemic, this event seeks to gather and share information on how both common and coded language can be used to deprioritize people of color with intellectual & developmental disabilities.
Part 1 of this 2-part series will be a roundtable discussion focused on information gathering. We invite you as self-advocates, healthcare representatives and civil/disability rights attorneys to help us identify and understand how words are weaponized against people with disabilities. This first session will concentrate on collecting words/phrases that have caused harm by effectively denying people of color with disabilities equitable access to COVID-related medical care.
Following session 1, a plain language resource will be created and revealed during session 2. The resource will consist not only of a brief list of discriminatory phrases but also plain language translations as well as suggested intervention strategies for self-advocates. Lastly, session 2 (in January 2022) will feature a panel discussion where participants will learn from our collaborators precisely how the resource can serve as a practical tool in support of present and future advocacy efforts.
Justice Shorter, NDRN