Have you ever seen someone who you thought had a disability and wondered if they needed help? If so, you have probably wondered what you could do and even if it is appropriate to help. Sometimes, we balance whether our action will be well received or if our action will insult someone. This conundrum contributes to many people not helping at all. In other circumstances, our actions to help can hinder rather than help. For this reason, it benefits all people to be mindful of these general rules as provided here: https://disabilityawareness4you.wordpress.com/how-you-can-help/.
- Always treat people with disabilities as equals.
- Always ask before you help.
- Never assume that someone does or does not have a disability.
- Do not stare.
- Respect and understand confidentiality.
By following these general rules, you do not have to hesitate to help and have the opportunity to be respectful and empower others. How you help, depends greatly on the type of disability the individual experiences. For specific tips on how to help others with specific disabilities see https://disabilityawareness4you.wordpress.com/how-you-can-help/.