Advocating to Eliminate Communication Barriers

Communication Barriers

  • Includes anything that prevents or disables communicators to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time, or a receiver to get and understand the right message at the right time

Barriers to Effective Communication

  • Linguistic Barriers – Language
  • Psychological Barriers – Mental and Psychological Issues
  • Emotional Barriers – Emotional IQ
  • Physical Barriers – Environment and Tools
  • Cultural Barriers – Customs, Beliefs, and Values
  • Attitude Barriers – Introverts vs. Extroverts
  • Perception Barriers –  Interpretation
  • Physiological Barriers – Disorders or Diseases
  • Technological  Barriers – Access and Use of Tech
  • Socio-religious Barriers – Beliefs

Inclusive Language

  • Acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equitable opportunities
  • Used in emails, marketing material, social media, websites, and other forms of communication
  • All work should be free from words, phrases, or tones that demean, insult, or exclude people based on their membership within a certain group or because of a particular attribute

People First Language

  • Like all communities, the disability community has its own preferred terminology. This is referred to as Person (or People) First Language
  • Putting the person first means treating others as you would want to be treated
  • Puts the person first in word and thought
  • Is accurate without being judgmental
  • Does not mention disabilities if it has nothing to do with a conversation

Call To Action | To Do List | Next Steps

  1. Join The Advocacy (Register Here)
  2. Invite a friend (Click Here)
  3. Review guidelines below
  4. Pick a Solution to move forward

Guidelines To Review