When Meeting Someone with a Disability
Everyone is different. Everyone with a disability is also different. Here are some suggestions on how to get to know someone with a disability. Remember it is okay to ask questions, but it's never okay to be disrespectful.
Speak Directly to the Person
No one likes it when someone talks about them and not directly to them. Always speak to the person with the disability instead of the person that might be with them like a friend, attendant, spouse or family member.
When speaking to someone with a disability, just be yourself. No need to yell or act like that person is a child. They simply have a disability but they are still a person.
When you need to speak of someone with a disability, remember to always put the person first. Instead of saying “disabled person,” say “person with a disability.” By doing this, you put emphasis on the person and not their disability.
Relax...we are all human
If you say, “Let’s run to the playground,” and you have a friend in a wheelchair, don’t feel bad because they can’t run. Nothing like that bothers them and they know what you mean. As long as you aren’t hurting someone on purpose or making fun of someone, it’s okay to relax."
Written by Jessica Grono