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XXII.6 November - December 2015
Page: 62
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Writing about accessibility


Authors:
Vicki Hanson, Anna Cavender, Shari Trewin

Words or phrases can suggest bias or reflect negative, disparaging, or patronizing attitudes toward individuals or groups of individuals. These words and phrases can influence our impressions, attitudes, and even our actions. Choosing language that represents the preference of the groups to which it refers can convey respect and integrity. For these reasons, journalists, along with authorities in various research disciplines, have worked to provide guidelines for how to appropriately discuss disability issues. In 2008 we published guidelines for writing about disability by those who work with technology for accessibility [1]. That article is widely referenced within accessibility communities for…




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