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35 Ways To Build Community Inclusion

Inclusive communities can be more readily achieved by following these steps


1. Speak directly to disabled persons; do not assume they need someone to listen and speak for them



2. Start a conversation with someone who has a disability, but not about their disability


3. Start a conversation with a friend, family member, or colleague about inclusion


4. When passing someone with a disability, be friendly and smile just like you would at any person! 


5. Invite someone with a disability to speak at your workplace about accessibility


6.  Share and like the social media posts of a disability organization

7. Buy a creative work of a disabled artist or maker, such as Sienna Turton

8. Volunteer with an organization or initiative such as Special Olympics BC ,or Best Buddies

9. Make a financial or material donation to such an organization

10. If you are so equipped, share your home with someone who has a disability

11. Hire someone with a disability or encourage your manager to do so; there are many benefits!

Check your assumptions, attitudes, and  actions

12. Reflect on your views and actions, and consider if you are contributing to negative stereotypes

13. Politely correct any ableist stereotypes about disability

14. Be sensitive to language and how words may perpetuate harmful attitudes

15. Do not pity persons with disabilities

16. Remember there are many layers to every person; people are much larger than their disability

17. Reflect on how persons with disabilities are framed in media, and how this shapes public attitudes

18. Be patient and remember that all people, disability or not, have their own communication style 

19. Remember that fitting in and taking what is given is not the same as being able to choose


20. Send an email or letter to a public representative asking how they are supporting inclusion

21. Attend meetings of a local advocacy group, such as the Vancouver Community Council

22. See if your favourite venues are physically accessible, and if they are not, let management know 

23. Ask your school or your child's school if they are educating inclusively; if they are not, ask why

24. You do not need a disability to be involved, but always value the unique experiences of those living the issue


25. Learn some sign language, and then sign hello to a group of friends or family!

26. If you are a becoming a teacher, take a class about working with disabled youth

27. Take a disability studies course, or read why the benefits of accessibility are universal

28. Watch an educational film or online video, such as Free Wheelin' or A Place in the World

29. Learn about disability simulations, why some people are critical of them, and what the alternatives are

30. Familiarize yourself with the research supporting inclusive education and inclusive hiring

31. If you have a website, check to see if it follows web content accessibility guidelines

32. Take the BC Disability Quiz and share what you learn with someone

33. Read about disabled role models, such as Chris Nikic 

34. Learn about the International Access Symbol, and why some people want to redesign it

35. Read about the differences between people-first language and identity-first language, and remember that not everyone agrees on correct phrasing

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