Person-Centred Language Matters

February 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Behavioural Supports Ontario and brainXchange

The Person-Centred Language Commitment Statements, informed by the authentic voice of persons with lived experience, were created to promote the consistent use of person-centred language that is appropriate, respectful, life-affirming and inclusive when talking with and referring to older adults presenting with or at risk for responsive behaviours/ personal expressions that may be associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions and their care partners.

Learn about Behavioural Supports Ontario’s Person-Centred Language Initiative and engage in self-reflection and discussion on why we need appropriate language and explore ways to transfer, translate and implement the concepts included in the report which was released in October of 2018.


  • Kate Ducak, Project Officer, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
  • Gagan Gill, Public Policy & Programs Analyst, Alzheimer Society of Ontario
  • Tina Kalviainen, Strategic Communications Specialist, Provincial Coordinating Office, Behavioural Supports Ontario

This webinar is hosted by Behavioural Supports Ontario and brainXchange.

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