Presentation on theme: "Disability Etiquette Center on Community Living and Careers Indiana Institute on Disability and Community Indiana University."— Presentation transcript:
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!
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 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 Use “person” –person with –person who Focus on the PERSON not the condition
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 Just don’t “assume” a person needs help. Ask the individual if they want help.
Be “inclusive” in conversations
There’s no need to YELL!
Remember, they’re the “expert”
It’s OK to make mistakes. Old habits are hard to break!
Disability Language What’s in a name? Perceptions Attitudes Beliefs Actions
Hearing Disabilities Don’t Use “The” Deaf Deaf and Dumb Mute Deaf-Mute “Suffers” a hearing loss
Motor Coordination Disabilities Don’t use Cripple Crip Spastic Spaz Cerebral Palsied CP “victim”
Wheelchair Users Don’t Use “Confined” Wheelchair “Bound”