7 Tips For Making Your Friends With Disabilities More Comfortable

7 Tips For Making Your Friends With Disabilities More ComfortableOf course everyone has their own insecurities, but unfortunately for those with disabilities, their differences might make them more insecure than others. However with the proper etiquette, those with disabilities shouldn’t have to feel too uncomfortable about their differences. In honor of our 10th Annual Casino Night this Thursday October 29, that benefits Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania, we thought we’d dedicate a few blogs to the cause that Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania supports. According to their website, the Easter Seals mission is:

“Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals.”

Now take a look and find out how you can make your friends with disabilities feel more comfortable, thanks to the Easter Seals website;

  • Be Considerate.

            While it’s nice to help those with disabilities, don’t just jump in automatically; make sure you ask first or wait for them to ask you first.

  • Be Polite.

            Of course you might be curious about the details of a person’s disability and it’s okay to ask them about it. However, it’s also their right to not want to talk about it and you should respect that.

  • Wheelchair Etiquette:
    • It’s important to remember that just because a person is in a wheelchair, doesn’t necessarily mean they are sick; many people in wheelchairs are strong and healthy.
    • Sit or crouch down to their level when you are talking to people in wheelchairs, this way their neck doesn’t get sore from looking up.
  • It’s okay to…
    • Use the words that maybe the disabled person doesn’t have like “see”, “hear”, “walk”, and “run”.
    • Ask a person with a speech problem to repeat what they said if you didn’t understand.
  • Don’t…
    • Distract a Seeing Eye Dog by playing or petting them – they are trained and this will keep them from doing their jobs.
    • Park in the handicapped parking spots because those are reserved for all people with disabilities.
  • Invite
    • A disabled friend to a birthday party or slumber party; remember that nobody wants to feel left out.
    • A disabled friend out shopping or to a restaurant but remember to call ahead or ask the manager if there are braille menus or if the location is wheelchair accessible.
  • The Golden Rule

            Finally, you should remember this rule for everyone disabled or not; treat others the way you want to be treated. If you treat a disabled friend this way,  according to Easterseals.com, you’ll have a friend for life!

While tickets won’t be sold at the door this year, you still have a chance to donate your $30 and reserve your tickets. Simply visit our website, call 724-941-8680 ext. 204 or email our Administrative Assistant Jeanne Broglie at Jeanne@JimDolanch.com. This event is always a great time and you’ll feel good about attending because it supports the great cause of Easter Seals Western & Central Pennsylvania.

We hope to see you there!

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