After 30 great years as Resources for Children with Special Needs, it’s time to change our name.
Language has power. The way we speak impacts the way we think.
We continue to work towards a city where young people with disabilities are loved and valued. And we need a name that reflects that city more clearly and fully.
The need is not special.
Or to put it another way, everyone has special needs, because everyone is different.
But the term “special needs,” while still accepted by many, is less accurate, less inclusive, and less useful than the term disability. “Special needs” causes many to think of the disability first, and the person second--if at all.
But disability does not define a person. It’s only one part of a person.
It's not complicated. Young people with disabilities aren't more special, or different--or less important--than anyone else. It's one city, and we're here to help young people, families, and communities level the playing field.
As of this summer, we will be INCLUDEnyc.
Love, access & equity for young people with disabilities
More perspective on INCLUDEnyc
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