Top 10 things relating to disability etiquette


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Here’s my top 10 list relating to disability etiquette
1. Don’t stare at their chair
2. Keep in check the way you speak (don’t talk as though the person is not of equal cognition  to you
3. Don’t pat me on the head (literally or with your words I am not anything special and don’t wish to be treated like I have “special needs”
4. Don’t ask personal or what you would normally deem invasive for yourself unless they offer information first which indicates they are comfortable talking about say for example their disability or how that disability impacts them
5. Don’t think it’s so incredibly amazing if you see people with physically disabilities that have children, can drive a car etc


6. Don’t assume the person in a wheelchair needs help offer to help them and if they say no accept their answer if they say I think I can do it allow them to try and re ask if they still appear to be struggling
7. If you see someone has tipped there chair help them up ask if they are alright if they say they are respect that unless you have other cause to be alarmed
8. Don’t disrespect me by talking to the person I am with and asking questions ask me don’t ask
“does she like ice cream” it should be while looking directly at me “do you like ice cream”
9. Invite the person with a disability out socially if you know them well enough to do so. Don’t worry about transportation chances are they know what’s available to them and will tell you if they can make it work or need your help in anyway
10. Treat everyone the way you wish to treated

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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5 Responses to Top 10 things relating to disability etiquette

  1. Ali says:

    I may be wrong, but isn’t this from Jodi Picoult’s book, House Rules?

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  4. Allison says:

    Hi Laura, great list! That list was so useful…AMEN! The ones that strike me the most are the ones about not speaking to me directly or patting me on the head and making me feel awkward or like a special little child. I am intelligent, and there is no reason to assume I can’t speak! I am aware and have the ability to form answers to questions myself. Keep respectfully sticking up for yourselves, guys…we can show the world we’re awesome and we have a powerful voice! Thank you for this post!

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