Strengthen Your Inner Landscape: Disability Etiquette
Etiquette basics to help you build a fully inclusive environment.
by Kadee Mardula
Our vision at Oregon Adaptive Sports is to have a fully inclusive environment where every human, in support of differences, is celebrated for who they are and what they bring to outdoor recreation. Feeling comfortable interacting with people who have different disabilities helps to create a welcoming environment for all. This is a continually evolving conversation and I welcome you to join us on the learning journey of inclusion.
To start on this journey, consider the following things when interacting with individuals with disabilities, which applies to interacting with all individuals whether they have a disability or not:
- Always ask before you help
- People desire to be independent and treated with respect
- Be respectful about physical contact
- People depend on their arms for balance, consider equipment part of their personal space
- Think before you speak
- Speak directly to the person
- Don’t make assumptions
- People are the best judge of what they can or cannot do
- An accommodation is not a complaint
Disability Sensitivity Video | From DC Office of Disability Resources
Video Description: Accompany Bob through his work environment while learning about respectful and sensitive ways to interact with individuals who experience disability.
- United Spinal Association – Disability Etiquette Publiation offers tips on interacting with people who experience disability: https://unitedspinal.org/disability-etiquette/
- People First Language by Kathie Snow (https://www.disabilityisnatural.com/people-first-language.html) or http://tinymiracleslearning.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/People_first_Language.7691708.pdf
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