Always place the person
before the disability. In other words, don't say "disabled
person" say "person with a disability" instead.
When you meet a person with
a disability, it is a good idea to offer to shake hands. Usually, even
people with artificial limbs can shake hands. It is also okay to
shake with the left hand.
Treat adults as would treat
other adults and children as you would treat other children.
Don't make the person feel bad by patting them on the back or the
head. Address them by their first name (if that's how you're
addressing everyone else).
Don't try too hard.
Let the person who has the disability put you at ease if you don't
know what to do. Make sure you ask questions if you're not sure
what to do.
If you offer to help and
the person says, "No thanks," then don't insist. If help is
accepted, ask how you can best help and don't take over.
If the person with a
disability is with someone else, don't talk through the other
person. Talk directly to the person with the disability.
"U.S. Department of Labor; Office of Disability Employment
Policy. 28 January 2005 <http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/comucate.htm>.
With People With Disabilities." Access Office Disability Support
Services; St. Louis Community College. 28 January 2005 <http://www.stlcc.edu/fp/access/Main/Communicating.html>.
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