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Introduction to Ableism

  • Wellbeing
  • Webinar
  • 1 CE Hour


Ableism and accessibility are ongoing concerns for millions of individuals in the United States. This session is focused on helping participants learn more about how ableism impacts the disability community and ways to address it. Best practices will always be changing, and members of the disability community and allies must be committed to continual listening and learning.

In this session participants will talk about the self-advocacy movement in the disability community, and discuss the difference between cultural competence and cultural humility. They will also learn about the medical, social, and disability justice models of disability and explore the application of these models through case studies. Finally, participants will discuss how to be an advocate for members of the disabled community and the importance of respecting needs for autonomy and self-determination.

Please note: To ensure a safe, open learning environment for this complex topic, our session will not be recorded and will not be available in our Training Archive.


About the instructor –

SHIFT Consulting is the professional services division of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. SHIFT Consulting works with your organization to SHIFT individual behaviors, interpersonal interactions, management practices, procedures, and policies toward inclusion. These practices enable organizations to attract, recruit, engage, and retain the world’s best talent.

Who Should Attend

Any library staff member interested in gaining a better understanding of how language choices impact our interactions with the communities we serve.


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SHIFT Consulting

Training for this session will be provided by team members from SHIFT Consulting—the professional services division of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. SHIFT Consulting focuses on leadership and organizational development initiatives with a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) lens that supports the development of inclusive environments where all feel connected, respected, and valued.