A – Z of Disability Etiquette has had a facelift!
We’ve turned our informative PDF resource into an animated video to ensure that you’re on top of the best language and etiquette tips to use when talking to someone living with a disability.
This new and improved version has taken pointers from disability advocates, people living with a disability and employees of Independence Australia, to collate the most important and up to date pointers on good disability etiquette.
You can check out the full animated A – Z of Disability Etiquette video below, spoken by our SpinChat educational speaker Joel de Munk.
A – Ask before you help; it’s not always wanted.
B – Be patient with how others communicate.
C – Communicate naturally and with expressions.
D – Don’t ask intrusive questions.
E – Communicate at eye level.
F – Focus on the person, not their disability.
G – Don’t use patronising gestures like patting a head or shoulder.
H – Host events in accessible spaces.
I – Always respect a person’s choices and independence.
J – Avoid being judgmental.
K – Keep paths and accessible car parks clear of barriers.
L – Leave accessible toilets for people with disability.
M – Don’t move someone’s wheelchair or assistive devices without permission.
N – Never assume someone’s access needs. Ask if you’re not sure.
O – Avoid offensive language about disability.
P – Do not pat a service dog at work.
Q – Be committed to increasing quality of life for people with disabilities.
R – Research disability and accessibility to be a better ally.
S – Speak directly to the person with the disability.
T -Give up your seat on public transport if someone else needs it.
U – Never pretend to understand what a person is saying. It’s okay to ask for clarification.
V – Value the work of people with disability and encourage their input to society
W – Be willing to be flexible.
X – See a person’s x factor and not their limitations.
Y – Introduce yourself as you would with anyone else.
Z – Zip it! Not everyone wants to talk about their disability
To download a higher resolution copy of our original A – Z of Disability Etiquette poster, click here.
|We’re happy for other organisations to use this poster but the graphic should remain as is with no alterations unless approved by Independence Australia. If you require edits or a print ready PDF please email [email protected] with the requested edits, print specifications and we’ll be happy to create this for you.