Basics of Disability Etiquette
Disabled people are people first. Therefore, interacting with people with disabilities should not be much different than interacting with a seemingly able person.
- Ask prior to assisting
- Ask questions if you aren’t clear what kind of accommodation someone needs.
- Don’t touch service animals or equipment without asking.
- Don’t take it personally when your help is rejected-sometimes your “help” is disruptive
- Treat the person as a person—not their disability
- Talk directly to the person, and not their support person.
Twitter Feeds on Disability Etiquette
Since it's Disability Pride Month, I'd love to address something I see many issues with out in the wild:— Charlie Knight [they/them] (@CKnightWrites) July 3, 2021
There are appropriate and inappropriate ways to interact with someone who is in a wheelchair. Knowing them benefits all involved.
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Pause for Reflection
- Think about some instances you and your colleagues have interact with individuals with disabilities. Is their humanity and dignity affirmed in these interactions?
- How could you improve your etiquette when interacting with disabled individuals?