LANGUAGE AND TERMINOLOGY
Language and Terminology
Twenty-three thousand Canadians participate weekly in Special Olympics community-based sport training clubs. Additionally, Special Olympics athletes compete in their chosen sport at the local, conference and chapter level.
Newspaper or media articles will be found almost daily in some part of the country, that describe a Special Olympics athlete, or cover an event or activity about the local Special Olympics program.
Words matter. Words can open doors to cultivate the understanding and respect that enable people with disabilities to lead fuller, more independent lives. The following language guidelines have been developed by experts for use by anyone writing or speaking about people with an intellectual disability to ensure that all people are portrayed with individuality and dignity.
DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICIES
Creating an effective set of social media conduct guidelines demands that we listen to users, resolve conflicting needs and remain both open and engaged with internal and external communities.
Defining and developing guidelines and policies as it relates to the development of an organic social media code is critical for Special Olympics Ontario as the social media presence increases dramatically on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Not only is it important for the Community Council to keep in touch with its constituents but it is equally as important for the Provincial Office to keep in touch with the Community Councils and all Stakeholders of the organization.