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L anguage INCLUSIVE Words matter—and are often how your prospective attendees first interact with your brand and event. As outlined by Queen's University Inclusive Language Guidelines, "Inclusive language respects and promotes all people as valued members of society. It uses vocabulary that avoids exclusion and stereotyping and is free from descriptors that portray individuals or groups of people as dependent, powerless, or less valued than others. It avoids all sexist, racist, or other discriminatory terminology." The following is a brief overview of inclusive terminology. However, it is worth noting that language is constantly evolving. Some individuals and groups may prefer alternatives. Where possible and appropriate, ask directly. INSTEAD OF disabled or handicapped blind hearing impaired, deaf his or hers he or she ladies and gentlemen men or women guys husband/wife mankind chairman preferred pronouns sexual preference Aboriginal, Native, Indian USE person with a disability person who is blind/has low vision hard of hearing, people with hearing loss (there are a lot of nuances in the terminology) theirs they/them all/everyone everyone folks, people partner/spouse humanity chair pronouns sexual orientation Indigenous, First Nations, Métis, Inuit 6 | Ignitemag.ca | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion November 2021

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