Disability Etiquette: 10 Things to Know

Disability Etiquette
It is estimated that 12.6% of people in the United States have a disability (Kraus, 2017). For someone who may have never interacted with people with disabilities, it may feel overwhelming or even worrisome to think about how to communicate with them appropriately. It is easy to get caught up in the idea of offending or not knowing what is right to say. Generally, one should remember that people with disabilities must be treated with respect and dignity. The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was enacted to encourage the inclusion of people with disabilities in all facets of life (American Association on Health & Disability, 2012). People without disabilities who exhibit proper disability etiquette demonstrate their commitment towards furthering the goals of the ADA. …more>>
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