Do you have a family member or family that non-consciously or consciously tells you what you should be doing with your life? I get infuriated that my parents do not give me the respect or you can insert any adjective that I deserve. I have earned these things from my many near-death experiences. There is not a day goes by that my life does not fucking sucks. There is not a day that goes by where I struggle with something or numerous things. There is not a day goes by where I’m not humiliated nonconsciously or consciously by someone. There is not a day goes by where I am boldface lied to because of my inability or limitations.
The most important thing to remember when you interact with people with disabilities is that they are people. His or her disabilit(ies) is just one of the many characteristics that person has in life. People with disabilities have the same needs we all do: first and foremost among them is to be treated with dignity and respect. When you interact with people with disabilities, focus on their abilities, not their disabilities. People with disabilities are unique individuals who have a wealth of knowledge, skills, talents, interests, and experiences that add tremendous diversity, resourcefulness, and creative energy to our society. Remember, people with disabilities may do things in different ways than people without them however; they can to achieve the same goal or goals. Here are some tips that people should follow.
The general etiquette tips should be obvious but many not if all individuals lack some knowledge about treating people. The first is a golden rule. We need to treat everyone like how we would like to be treated. Think of the person first, not their disability. Do not shy away from individuals with differences. Relax and be yourself!
The next and probably the most important rule is think before you speak. Avoid using labels when you speak to someone. These labels could be offensive to a person or an entire population. For example, faking you have cerebral palsy and you do not (see link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX9reO3QnUA).
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