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Here's an example of how I see the difference: Imagine a boss telling you in an annual review that you're an inspiration to people in the office because you have [insert disability here]. None of your colleagues identify as a person with a disability. Their reaction isn't based on your job performance; your boss tells you how amazed everyone is that someone like you is in the office at all. Imagine another boss telling you in an annual review that she sees you as a role model for some staff members who are dealing with transitions related to health and aging. She cites how you advocate for inclusive policies such as flexible schedules, telecommuting, etc. In principle, I'm fine with both terms. It would be wonderful to know I inspired someone to some good end or served as a role model. But in practice, I've found that being inspirational is a lonely business and unconnected to true efforts or achievements. Being a role model has the pleasure of an honor that's earned. Best, Ingrid Tischer -- *Ingrid Tischer* Director of Development Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund 3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210 Berkeley, CA 94703 510-644-2555 ext 5241 510-841-8645 Fax/TTY firstname.lastname@example.org www.dredf.org * DREDF: Doing Disability Justice* --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH