Summer Edition of Abilities Digest

Volume 5, Number 4 of Abilities Digest is now available online in PDF. It will be distributed to email subscribers in the next few days. Here is a summary of the contents:

  • Recognizing Abilities: Eagle Project of the Year is a fully accessible musical playground. Mary Lynne Capen receives the 2018 Woods Services Award. Nominations for the 2019 Woods Services Award are due December 31.
  • Adapting Advancement: Council advancement committees need Special Needs representation.
  • Enhancing Awareness: A survey tool to count the number of Scouts with special needs in your council. Considering parents with bipolar disorder as potential unit leaders. Resource lists from the committee’s Resources Task Force.

 

Language is important when leading Scouts with special needs

Scoutmaster in front of tentsWe never call Scouts with special needs “special-needs Scouts.” Why, you ask?

That’s because word choice matters, and Scouters on the Disabilities Awareness Committee recommend using person-first language that describes what a person has, not who a person is.

“Even though it does get a bit wordy and awkward in everyday speech,” committee chairman Tony Mei says, “this emphasizes the personhood of the individual and places the disability as a secondary condition that the individual must live with.”

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