How to Evaluate a DEI Trainer on Disability Knowledge
The Disability Inclusion Pledge calls upon philanthropy to include education about disability in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training for board members and staff. While we strongly encourage hiring people with lived experience to lead trainings, we also recognize that your organization may already have a working relationship with a DEI trainer who does not identify as disabled. To help determine whether the trainer you’re working with or a trainer you choose to hire has an understanding of disability rights and justice principles, we suggest the following evaluation questions:
- Can they define or explain the following terms and concepts:
- Do they use either person-first language or identity first language? Can they articulate why both types of language are correct?
- Does their website explicitly name disability as an element of diversity? Do they recognize that disability cuts across all identities?
- Are they familiar with key disability rights legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act?
- Do they work with people with disabilities? Are they open to hiring or subcontracting with a disabled DEI trainer
Can you recommend a consultant with disability experience?
The Disability & Philanthropy Forum does not endorse specific consultants. We recommend engaging with the disability community to seek assistance in identifying a consultant that is right for you.