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8/15/23  1:54 pm
Commenter: Elyse Schneider, Brain Injury Services

General Language in Manual Suggestion

As I was reviewing the most recent manual draft, I noticed in a lot of places the pronouns his/her were used when referring to clients. To ensure that we are being inclusive of all individuals that may utilize our services, would this be able to be changed to a non-gender specific term, such as "their" or "the individual's." For example, under Person Centered Planning, it states "...and practices to engage the individual and his or her (in which "or her" is struck out in red) circle of support..." To make it inclusive of all individuals regardless of gender identity or expression, would we be able to put "...and practices to engage the individual and their circle of support..."? Thank you for your time. 

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