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 was a roundtable discussion in November 2021 focused on information gathering. Using the contributions from that discussion, we have developed a plain language resource to share at this second session. The resource consists not only of a brief list of discriminatory phrases but also plain language translations as well as suggested intervention strategies for self-advocates. This session will also 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