What does disability etiquette mean to you and how do you wish people interacted with you? In your opinion, what are the most important aspects of interacting with a person with disabilities that people should be educated on.
I am a person that is generally fine with questions as long as they’re asked in a respectful manner. I hate it when I’m asked “What’s wrong with you” rather then “What’s your diagnosis.” “What’s wrong with you” implies that I need fixing and am broken.
I like to respond to the “What’s wrong with you?” question by responding: “Nothing! What’s wrong with you?” Then they get to feel how that question feels and if they are not too put off they rephrase the question.
I like being a nice guy too, but when somebody is rude to me I try to send it back! They can’t complain that I’m rude when they said the same to me. Most people kind of “guffa” and then rephrase it and I will explain. I like the opportunity to educate people, I see that as part of our job.
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