Saturday, May 17, 2014

Awkwardness and Inclusion

I'm off to a workshop today, but wanted to offer a few quick thoughts on a great series of videos.

Scope, a British advocacy group, has made an outstanding series of videos that are fundamentally about inclusive society - how to you shake a hand that's not there, how do you talk to people in a wheelchair, etc. What I like about it is that it acknowledges that inclusion is hard and disability often makes social norms confusing. Ok, they all say, now you've been awkward, now what?

The answer turns out to be - acknowledge the awkward, then change it and do better.

You can see the videos at the link above, but Vox has a nice write-up and a few addendums on language.

Videos below. What do you think? Using humor is always dangerous, but my gut reaction is that these hit the marks pretty well.










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