Is it ok to use the term ‘disabled’? A disabled former public affairs specialist for the National Council on Disability thinks so. There’s the belief that the word is necessary in that it connects members of the community through a common history — a lineage of those who fought, protested, and persisted. But when it comes to using the term ‘special needs’, there’s a different view.
One law, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed 32 years ago on July 26, 1990, was put in place to insure that those with a disability are afforded the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
In this episode, we are talking about the rights of those who live with a disability, and what changes society needs to adopt to make a more inclusive world.
Carson Tueller (Paralyzed from the chest down)
- Motivational speaker, coach, and activist
Lawrence Carter-Long (Born with cerebral palsy)
Former Public Affairs Specialist for the National Council on Disability
- Director, Discourse & Development at DisArt, and Founder of #SayTheWord
- Associate Director of Education, Theatre Under The Stars
Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues.