Blog – Special, disabled or just unique? Language can be important, but attitude is everything

Adrian Voce OBE, is a writer, consultant and campaigner specialising in policy, planning and funding for children’s play. Here he discusses the language of disability and suggests that attitudes and understanding, more than institutional terminology, are the key to supporting all children equally:

Working with children who are deemed to have ‘Special Educational Needs’ or ‘Disabilities’ (SEND), and their families, can, especially to the inexperienced practitioner, be a minefield of seemingly innocuous, everyday terms that are, depending on the audience, either out-dated, inappropriate or simply offensive.  Full blog