The Language of Disability

2023thu06apr8:00 amthu9:30 amThe Language of DisabilityVirtual Early Riser8:00 am - 9:30 am Event TagsCommunication,Organizational Culture,Self-Awareness,Team Building

Event Details

Why is sometimes difficult to talk about disabilities? How do you know which words to use? What words would you use to describe yourself and your identities? In this session, the presenter will share some quick and (relatively) easy tips for everyday language to use when talking about disabilities and accommodations. Please bring questions to ask during the talk and be prepared to share your own experiences and examples.

Learning Objectives

  1. Think about ways that language affects our everyday life
  2. Examine examples of language related to disability
  3. Reframe preconceived notions about ability

This program is ideal for:  anyone


About Our Facilitator

Dr. Courtney Jarrett is the Director of Disability Services at Ball State University (BSU) where she oversees the university’s efforts to provide access and opportunity for over 2800 students with disabilities. A triple alum of BSU, she is involved in several professional organizations, including the National Student Affairs Association (NASPA), the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and is the current past president of Indiana AHEAD. Courtney is Affiliate Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies, teaching several classes at BSU yearly. She has presented at several national conferences and published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals. She authored a textbook, Not Your Momma’s Feminism, in 2016 and the 2nd edition was released in August 2020. Dr. Jarrett is an ATHENA Young Professional Award winner and also recently won a LEAP Indiana Award for her work assisting students with disabilities during the pandemic. In her never-ending crusade for work-life balance, Courtney enjoys reading for fun, going to the movies, traveling with her husband & sons, and spending quality time with friends and family.


April 6, 2023 8:00 am - 9:30 am