Let’s be honest – 2021 was a rough year. But as the new year rings in, it is important that we have resolutions that will have a positive impact on the community! Here are some great new year’s resolutions!
1. Try to remember to ask people with disabilities which type of language they prefer: People first language would be calling a person with a disability, a person with a disability rather using identity first language which would call a person with a disability, a disabled person. People first language emphasizes the fact that people with disabilities are people first while identity first language respects the fact that they identify with their disability. Some people prefer one over the other so it is important to ask.
2. Consider Educating Yourself on Disability History: Disability history is one of the few history subjects that is rarely taught in schools. Learning disability history is important. It demonstrates the injustices people with disabilities face, the tremendous progress the community has made over the past 40 years, and the work that we still have to do. In October, the DD Ombuds wrote a collection of articles on Disability History!
3. Wear a mask and social distance: Even though 2021 is over and we have boosters, there still is a global pandemic with new variants appearing all the time. It is so important that we continue to wash hands, social distance and wear a mask to prevent spreading the virus.
4. Try to Shop Local Every Once and a While: Because of social distancing guidelines many local businesses have been struggling to make money. Local businesses are also important parts of communities so it is vital we support them by giving them business.
5. Attempt to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Show some love to Mother Earth! Use reusable products instead of single use products that would go straight to the trash! That way, you can do your part to protect our planet!
6. Consider stating your pronouns: Stating your pronouns creates a more inclusive work place as it creates a community where gender is not assumed. It also makes people who are not cisgender comfortable to share their pronouns.