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“Before You Speak”

Documentary by Terran Smith & Spencer Vaught

Spencer and I became inspired to work with Dorothy E. Nary after hearing her personal experiences with disabilities, and her incredible work towards spreading all-around awareness and respect  at the University of Kansas for persons with disabilities–whether visible or not.

After speaking to Dot about her work to improve campus accessibility, and the importance of spreading awareness regarding people with disabilities, Spencer and I shared a moment of insight as we realized the overlap between Dot’s experience and our mutual, close friend, Jessi Mitchell’s story.

The two women in this documentary not only share the simple fact of having disabilities, but they also share a beautiful outlook on the fulfilling life that lies before each of them. Every voice makes a difference, and these, are theirs…

Below is the PDF of KU’s most recent edition of word usage guidelines regarding people with disabilities.

Provided by Student Services of KU for people with disabilities
Newest copy of politically correct and incorrect language–Provided by Student Services of KU for people with disabilities
Graduates in 2015 from the WIlliam Allen White School of Journalism and hopes to be a documentary filmmaker.
Terran R. Smith: Graduates in 2015 from the KU School of Journalism,  and hopes to pursue documentary film making
Graduates this May from the William Allen White School of Journalism and hopes to pursue film making.
Spencer Vaught: Graduates May from KU’s J-School and hopes to pursue filmmaking


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  3. Interesting and valuable piece. I copied the politically correct terms and put them on my refrigerator! I confess I used some of the incorrect terms myself; but not anymore. I especially liked the guidance in how to go about correcting others in a kind, nonjudgmental way. Thank you so much shining a light on this for us all. Much appreciated.


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