After 31 great years as Resources for Children with Special Needs,
Language has power.
The way we speak impacts the way we think. The way we think impacts the way we act.
We continue to work towards a city where young people with disabilities are loved and valued. And we need a name that reflects that city more clearly and fully.
The need is not special
People with disabilities need the same things as everyone else: education, health care, housing, work, family, friends, and opportunity. Sometimes accommodations are necessary for people with disabilities to meet these ordinary needs.
We are here to help families and young people with disabilities remove barriers and meet the basic human needs we all share.
Disability does not define a person.
It’s only one part of a person. Young people with disabilities aren't more special, or different--or less important--than anyone else. It's one city, and we're here to help young people, families, and communities level the playing field.
Voices we listened to on the road to our new name:
Ten answers to common questions people ask when being called out for using "ableist" language
The Body is Not an Apology
Why I refuse to say I "fight" my disability
“You’re So Inspirational:" Disability and the Overall Culture of Inspiration
To those campaigning for acceptance of people with disabilities, please remember this
"I'm not defined by my disability or my gender identity"
New York Times
The myth of the special needs "supermom"
What Do You Do Dear
Why "Welcome to Holland" never resonated with me
“Special needs terminology often evokes pity and anxiety around the ability to meet such needs. It does not serve our cause and efforts to fight needless pity and to become empowered members of our communities instead... Disability” vs. “Special Needs”
The Jewish Week
It's not your imagination: Special Education lingo getting harder to grasp
Fix discriminatory attitudes and broken sidewalks, not humans
“The solution to homophobia is not ‘let’s just make everyone straight...’ and the solution to ableism...is not ‘“let’s just make everyone able-bodied.’” Pity is Not Progress
“I chose to fight.” Miss New York World on Disability and Dreams
If you ask people not to use the word "retard"
Love That Max
“You have it easy because people can’t tell.” Passing privelege, disability hierarchy, What People Don’t Realize About Being Invisibly Queer or Disabled
People with "invisible disabilities" fight for understanding
“This is my life now, and I’m not going to hide it.” Designing for Disability
The New Yorker
“This chair is made custom for him, and it looks as close to a typical classroom chair as possible...”
New York Times
Is modern technology a threat to Braille?
Why you shouldn't finish the sentence of someone who stutters
No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement ‘A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the disability right movement.’ --The Disability Rag/’A sensitive look at the social and political barriers that deny disabled people their most basic civil rights.’ --The Washington Post By Joseph P. Shapiro