Introduction to Disability, Ableism & Creating Inclusive Spaces

Virtual via Zoom

In the words of Robert Hensel, “There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more.” This training provides an overall introduction to disability and inclusion, covering such topics as different ways of defining disability, ableism, universal design principles, and using inclusive language and etiquette. Join Piper Slowinski, National Inclusion Manager with Partners for Youth with Disabilities, and learn disability inclusion best practices so you can become more understanding, accommodating, and comfortable in any situation working with or alongside people with disabilities.

This training will take place on Thursday, April 22 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand what the term ableism means and provide examples of it;
  • Feel comfortable speaking about disability, and in speaking to people with disabilities in a respectful way;
  • Understand the difference between the social and medical models of disability;
  • Be able to explain the difference between person-first and identity-first language, and feel confident in how to use them both; and
  • Know how to apply universal design principles to make programs, activities and events more inclusive to people with disabilities.

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About our Presenter:

Piper Slowinski has been working at PYD since early 2012. She has a B.A. from Gettysburg College in a self-created major focusing on child development and disability, and a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University.

Piper had a form of cancer while growing up, and that experience having a temporary disability instilled in her the desire to be an advocate and ally to the disability community. She has worked with people with disabilities for the past 13+ years.

In college, she spent a semester in Denmark studying their child care practices for children with disabilities. She has also interned with the child life team at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and has volunteered for many years as a camp counselor and mentor to youth with disabilities.

This program has been approved for 3 Social Work Continuing Education hours for licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D90244-3.

The Providers’ Council is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

This program is valid for 3 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit



Member: $70

Non-Member: $130

Cancellation Policy: Reimbursement only for cancellations received at least 5 business days before the event.

Confirmation Policy: We only send confirmations via email. Call 508-598-9679 if you do not receive a confirmation email.

Contact Information

Patrick Daily – Education & Membership Associate