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Guidelines for Inclusive Language

Guidelines for Inclusive Language
The Durham District School Board is committed to the implementation of equitable principles and practices. To support this commitment, the Equity Department has provided the resource document, Guidelines for Inclusive Language. DDSB employees will implement these guidelines in their daily communication with students, staff, parents, or the community.
The guidelines are based on the premise that language itself reflects our experiences, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and concepts. This powerful tool can also be used to change existing stereotypes and attitudes, supporting a welcoming environment for all. The Guidelines for Inclusive Language support the growth of Cultural Proficiency among staff, students and parents.

The Guidelines for Inclusive Language provides a standard communication procedure which recognizes respectful terminology for people from diverse groups. The intent of this document is that it be used as a guide for respectful language in professional and business communications in order to recognize and avoid bias as well as discriminatory language. Using inclusive language leads to heightened awareness and increased Cultural Proficiency, and supports a welcoming environment for all. The document is available for viewing by clicking downloading a copy here or you may ask to review a copy at your child(ren)’s school.
With thanks to the English Language Learners Department, the Aboriginal Education Department and the Special Education Department for their input and contributions to the document. 


Durham District School Board
400 Taunton Road East,
Whitby, ON
L1R 2K6 Canada

Phone: 905-666-5500
Fax: 905-666-6474
Toll Free: 1-800-265-3968
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