Disability Awareness — A Key To Equality And Inclusion
Practical Ways To Be Respectful To People With Disabilities
• “People first” – When speaking (or writing) of someone with a disability, be sure to address the person before the disability. For example, avoid saying, “The epileptic man.” Rather, say, “The man with epilepsy.”
• Make eye contact – “Greet people at their eye level. When talking with a person who uses a wheelchair, it is appropriate to sit or crouch down in order to talk face-to-face.” Making eye contact communicates worth and equality.
• Respect a person’s wheelchair – Did you know that it is appropriate to treat a person’s wheelchair as you would a part of their body? This implies avoiding touching a wheelchair without asking permission.