December 3rd is a day to celebrate achievements that some people accomplish every day despite the odds being against them. It’s important to raise awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people that overcome physical and mental disabilities every day. It’s important to empower persons with disabilities, but it’s also important to teach regular everyday people a little disability etiquette. Or as I like to call it; How to interact with people that have superpowers.
People with disabilities are human, maybe a little more human than some of us. Acknowledge them. Talk directly to them, not the aide or whoever is with them. Ask if they want your help. They may not want you to touch them or their devices.
The United Spinal Association provides a downloaded booklet, DISABILITY ETIQUETTE, Tips On Interacting With People With Disabilities that is illustrated by Aneil Rodriguez.
If you are not into downloading and reading, learn more by watching RespectAbility’s 3 minute video;
Minding Hearts is building advocacy and peer support groups, “Hearts and Minds” in each state. The groups are created to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for those that might not otherwise be heard. We are here for encouragement, education, and support. We cannot give legal advice, but we can try and direct you in the right direction with your case. Links to legal services are listed with their states. Please share and let’s grow our groups. We are here to support families and develop resources that maintain family integrity. We look forward to your support. If you would rather become active by donating, then visit the donation page. Thank you.