Atlanta Communications Expert Presents Thesis At International Conference On Language And Social Psychology

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Vann Morris, an account coordinator for Atlanta B2B advertising agency MLT Creative, recently presented her master's thesis on the topic of patronizing speech encountered by individuals with cognitive disabilities.

Vann Morris, an account coordinator with local B2B ad agency MLT Creative, recently traveled to Tucson, Arizona to present her master's thesis at the 11th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP).

Morris' presentation, "Perceptions of (Non) Patronizing Speech in Interability Communication," focused on a phenomenon she observed while working with individuals with cognitive disabilities in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was there she began to take note of just how often people tend to "talk down" to those with conditions like Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

"I noticed people talked to them like they were babies," Morris said.

This behavior ran counter to her work at Community Entry Services, where she strove to instill a sense of self-reliance and determination in individuals with cognitive disabilities.

"It was a direct contradiction to everything we were trying to help them achieve," she said.

Discovering that no one had ever covered this subject in a thesis, Morris tackled the topic herself, and in doing so became the nation's foremost expert on it.

The results of her research may help employers, educators and peers of individuals with these kinds of disabilities learn ways to communicate more effectively with them.

ICLASP focuses on the effects language has on social behavior, and serves in the exchange of ideas, the facilitation of collaborative research projects, and the publication of articles and books.

About MLT Creative
MLT Creative, located on the east side of Atlanta, GA, was founded in 1980. Its services include positioning, brand development, advertising, and sales promotions for B2B marketers


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