New Scientist: Disability is a double-edged sword

Written by The New Scientist team  The world of disability is changing fast, and it’s being driven by two forces.One is the emergence of new forms of disability, which can be caused by genetic, behavioural, physical, social, cultural or other factors.The other is advances in cognitive technology.These developments mean we’re becoming less dependent on the […]

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When doctors treat deafness with hearing aids, can the devices be considered a form of speech therapy?

In the US, many people with hearing loss can use hearing aids to communicate.But a growing number of researchers are using them to treat deaf patients.Some are calling the technology speech therapy.This is the second in a series of Recode segments exploring what it means to use speech therapy in deaf people.Today: What is speech […]

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How to use an eraser to erase a disability word

When I first started to use my disability language on Twitter, it was with the intent of trying to keep my account updated.I was trying to get new followers and to keep up with my colleagues and friends.Then, one day, I saw a tweet from @sarabie_sarah, a writer for the Guardian, where she said, “I […]

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Why do we need disabled people’s language?

The number of disabled people with access to a wide range of language has risen in recent years and, as disability rights groups argue, is only set to increase.In the US alone, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has recorded an increase of nearly 20 per cent in the number of people with a disability […]

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Which language is your disability language? The words to think about when you’re disabled

I’m not sure what you’d call me or how I speak.I’m autistic, but I can’t say I speak any other language.I can only understand English, which is the first language I learned.But that’s not how I’m going to get through this year, when I’m expected to get up in the morning and do the work […]

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Which Language Can I Use When Making an Argument?

Language has a tremendous impact on the way we think about, talk about, and communicate with others.However, language can be very complex and can be used as a way to manipulate the reality around us.That’s where the power of pragmatics comes into play.In this Powerpoint presentation, I will be exploring the power in language.It will […]

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What you need to know about the ‘disability’ accommodation option for your business

As a business, it’s important to be flexible and to take the time to make sure you have the right accommodation.However, there are some situations where you might want to consider whether it’s in your best interests to accommodate someone with a disability in your workplace.Here are some things to consider before you start thinking […]

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Which is best for me?

Language processing disabilities (LPDs) are common and affect around a third of all Australians.The condition affects all Australian children and is often confused with learning difficulties.While many LPD sufferers experience difficulty in speaking and understanding their own language, many others struggle with other communication skills and communication difficulties such as speaking with a foreign accent.The […]

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When does the word “autism” begin?

The word “disabled” begins with a capital “D” and the word for the disability begins with an “e”.The first two letters are capitalized.The term “disabled”, however, is spelled as “disability”, which can be tricky.The official spelling of the word, for example, is “disabilities” (not “disables”), which is not the same as “disabled”.And there’s a difference […]

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