Disability-Inclusive Language

November 3, 2022
1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

The Pledge Learning Series is for Disability Inclusion Pledge signatories and is intended to build a community to learn together. The series will provide participants with key resources as well as safe spaces for “real talk” about questions that come up throughout the journey.

One of the core tenets of the Disability Inclusion Pledge is a commitment to using and uplifting disability-inclusive language. Join Gail Fuller, Program and Communications Director for the Disability & Philanthropy Forum, and Emily Ladau, Digital Content and Community Manager for the Disability & Philanthropy Forum and author of Demystifying Disability, to participate in open, honest dialogue about the power of disability-inclusive language. Topics we’ll cover include, but are not limited to: 

  • How to address conflicting language preferences among the disability community.
  • How your organization can ensure the language used in communications is affirming of disability. 
  • How to engage disability consultants on language-related policies and practices in order to be more welcoming of grantees focused on disability-inclusive work.

CART will be provided. If you require another accommodation to fully participate in the webinar, please note it in your registration, or contact us at communications@disabilityphilanthropy.org or 407-917-6864.

About the Panelists

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Emily Ladau, Digital Content and Community Manager, Disability & Philanthropy Forum

Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, and storyteller. She serves as the Digital Content and Community Manager for the Disability & Philanthropy Forum. Emily’s writing has been published in outlets including The New York Times, SELF, Salon, Vice, and HuffPost and her first book, Demystifying Disability, was published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in 2021. Emily has spoken before audiences from the U.S. Department of Education to the United Nations. Central to her work is harnessing the power of storytelling as a tool for people to become engaged in disability and social justice issues.

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Gail Fuller, Program and Communications Director, Disability & Philanthropy Forum

Gail Fuller is a marketing and communications strategist who aligns her professional experience with her personal commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. She founded Gail Fuller Communications to help organizations achieve their goals by strengthening their communication strategies, enhancing their brands, amplifying their stories, elevating the voices of core audiences, and building more inclusive cultures. With more than 30 years of marketing, communications, and community relations experience, Gail’s career has spanned several industries, including nonprofit, corporate, publishing, sports, and philanthropy.