How to Treat a Person with a Disability

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Many times, we don’t know the best behavior to exhibit when we’re within range of the disabled, here are tips for best behaviors especially if they don’t have a scooter lift when trying to travel;

If the Person has Difficulty Walking

  • In the company of a person who saunters or uses crutches, try to adjust your pace to theirs.
  • Avoid possible pushing or physical contact while moving.
  • They may need help when lifting or transporting objects since the hands are busy holding the crutches.
  • Make sure that the crutches are always close to the person.
  • If you give the hunch that the individual is in difficulties, you have to offer help and if it is accepted, ask how it should be done. People have their techniques for climbing stairs, for example, and sometimes, small help can even hinder things. Other times, support is essential. Don’t be resentful if the support is rejected.
  • If the person has fallen, you must offer help immediately, but never without asking if help is needed and how it should be done.
  • If you use a prosthesis, don’t look at them, but don’t look away if they fall into your field of vision.

If the Individual is a Wheelchair User

  • To talk to a person who uses a wheelchair, position themselves in front and at the same height (if possible sitting).
  • If we don’t know how to set the wheelchair, ask the user how to help us.
  • Address the person in a wheelchair and not his or her companion.
  • Always remember that you have to ask if the person needs help, before giving it. It may not be wanted.
  • Don’t hang things or lean on a wheelchair since it is part of the body space of the person.
  • Don’t push the chair without telling the user.
  • Don’t lift the chair by the armrests.
  • To pass an obstacle or steps, tilt the chair backward and lower it by its rear wheels.