People say that they don’t know what to do when they encounter someone with a disability. The first thing that should spring to mind is to not stare at someone just because they look a little bit different from you. It’s rude and it is very inconsiderate and this isn’t really something that you should need to be told about. The good news however is that many people try to go out of their way to help someone with a disability and on many occasions, the person with the disability doesn’t really want their help at all. These people are trying to get on with their life as best they can and so they would prefer doing things for themselves and when there comes a point that they can’t, then they have no problem reaching out and asking for assistance.
If you have recently had an encounter with someone with a disability and you made an absolute fool of yourself then you might be interested to know that there is lots of advice out there that you can learn about so that you don’t make the same mistakes again. As was mentioned briefly before, people with disabilities already get help from reputable NDIS providers for their day-to-day activities, and so when they leave home, they generally can take care of themselves. If you would like to learn a little bit more about how to behave around people with disabilities then please read on.
- Just be who you are – You do not have to change the person that you are around people with disabilities and frankly they would be insulted if you did. Don’t just assume that of someone has a disability then they can’t take care of themselves because the opposite is generally true.
- Only help when asked – A person with a disability wants help then they will ask and they have no problems with that at all. This means that if you meet someone with a disability, you just need to get on with your general day-to-day things and they do ask for assistance then it would be very nice of you to help.
Many people also have a bad habit of talking to the person who is with the person with the disability and asking them would they like any help. The person with the disability is sitting right there and yet you ignore them completely. Always remember to talk to the individual who is right in front of you because they know what you’re saying and they can clearly understand you.