Both inside and outside the classroom, it’s important to overcome the myths and stereotypes that many have about those with disabilities.
It’s important to remember that every young person and adult has unique talents, skills, abilities, and inabilities.
Here are some bits of wheelchair etiquette, for example, that teachers try to practice in the classroom.
- Don’t hang or lean on a person’s wheelchair when talking. Never pat the person on the head or shoulder.
- Never move a wheelchair or crutches out of the reach of the person who uses them.
- Ask someone in a wheelchair if he or she would like help.
- Never push the wheelchair without first getting permission.
- Speak directly to the person. If the conversation becomes extended, pull up a chair and sit down at eye level.
- Don't pet guide dogs or other service animals — they are working.
- And maybe most importantly, remember that being in a wheelchair does not mean someone is “sick.”