From the Executive Director: Words Matters

Before I begin the blog this month, I wanted to remind you all to mark your calendars for January 26th during the PGA Merchandise Show.  The National Alliance for Accessible Golf will be conducting its first education conference on accessibility and inclusion. It is a full day from 8:00 to 3:30 with speakers and round table discussions on topics such as ADA Updates, Best Practices for accessible and inclusive golf, connecting with Special Olympics and connecting with individuals in the Autism Spectrum, to mention a few of the topics.   It will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel next door to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and is an easy walk via a sky bridge for those attending the Show.  Registration is open online at www.accessgolf.org.  Click on the Register Now graphic on our homepage.

Now on to my comments for December.  How many times have you heard people refer to an individual with a disability as “a handicapped person”? Or used the “R” word to describe an individual with intellectual disability?  Or refer to someone as a “dwarf or midget”?  These are some of the descriptions we need to change.  A disability description is just a medical diagnosis.  In communications with people, we need to focus on the individual first.  Use phrases such as a “Person with a disability”, a “Person with intellectual disability”, or a “Person short in stature”.  Always put the Person first in your communication.  A Person with a disability is a Person just like those without disability.   They just happen to have a medical diagnosis.  Better yet, just refer to them as a Person!!  A great resource concerning People First Language is: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/pdf/disabilityposter_photos.pdf 

A final reminder that as we approach the end of the year, and we are all getting prepared to file our tax returns for 2017, we ask that you consider supporting the National Alliance for Accessible Golf in your year-end charitable giving.  We are very reliant on individual donations to promote and advocate for golf to be inclusive, and to provide education/training programs such as on January 26th.  It is easy to make a year-end donation to the National Alliance.  Go to www.accessgolf.org and click on the “DONATE” button on the upper right corner of the homepage.  Thank you in advance for considering the National Alliance for Accessible Golf in your year-end giving.

Steve Jubb, PGA – CEO/Executive Director

 

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About National Alliance for Accessible Golf
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a coalition of recreational, therapeutic, and golf organizations committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities through the game of golf.

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