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Disability Etiquette. Center on Community Living and Careers Indiana Institute on Disability and Community Indiana University. “I can’t believe I just said that!”. Relax, you will screw up and say something stupid! Attitude is everything! Take your time. You’ll get it right! .

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disability etiquette

Disability Etiquette

Center on Community Living and Careers

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

Indiana University

i can t believe i just said that
“I can’t believe I just said that!”
  • Relax, you will screw up and say something stupid!
  • Attitude is everything!
  • Take your time. You’ll get it right!
disability facts
Disability Facts
  • 19.4% (1 in 5) or 48.9 million people have a disability
  • 9.9% (1 in 10) have a disability that is not considered to be severe
  • 9.6% (1 in 10) have a severe disability
  • 80.6% (4 in 5) are not considered to have a disability
disability employment facts
Disability & Employment Facts
  • 82.1% of people without a disability are likely to have a job or business
  • 26.1% of people with a severe disability are likely to have a job or business
  • 79% of those not working want to work! (Harris, 1990)
some basic lessons in etiquette
Some basic lessons in etiquette
  • Use “person”
    • person with
    • person who
  • Focus on the PERSON

not the condition

disability etiquette behavior and language
Disability Etiquette:Behavior and Language

Speak directly to the person, not to a companion,

staff person or family member.

it s ok to offer assistance
It’s OK to offer assistance
  • Just don’t “assume”

a person needs help.

  • Ask the individual

if they want help.

disability language
Disability Language
  • What’s in a name?
  • Perceptions
  • Attitudes
  • Beliefs
  • Actions
hearing disabilities
Don’t UseHearing Disabilities

“The” Deaf

Deaf and Dumb

Mute

Deaf-Mute

“Suffers” a hearing loss

motor coordination disabilities
Motor Coordination Disabilities

Don’t use

  • Cripple
  • Crip
  • Spastic
  • Spaz
  • Cerebral Palsied
  • CP “victim”
wheelchair users
Wheelchair Users

Don’t Use

  • “Confined”
  • Wheelchair “Bound”
cognitive disabilities
Cognitive Disabilities
  • Retarded
  • Moron
  • Idiot
  • Simple
  • Mentally Defective
  • Slow
  • Mongoloid
mental illness
Mental Illness
  • Crazy
  • Insane
  • Psycho
  • Maniac
  • Nut Case
other disabilities
Other Disabilities

Don’t use

  • Midget
  • Birth Defect
  • Epileptic
  • Freak
  • Deformed
avoid specific words
Avoid Specific Words
  • Stricken
  • Afflicted
  • Suffers
  • Impaired?
  • “The”…
  • Normal
  • Victim
  • Defect
seriously though it s all about people
Seriously though…It’s all about “people”
  • “Person” with or “Person” who
  • Best way: By their name
the point is
The point is...
  • We all have abilities…
  • Many of us have disabilities
  • Focus on the PERSON,

their Strengths and Abilities