physical disabilities

Physical Disabilities
Communication Etiquette

1.      When walking with a person who walks slower than you, walk with the person, not in front of them.

2.      Provide the person with clear directions to a meeting site using the shortest and easiest route.

3.      If a person falls or is off balance, simply offer assistance.  A natural tendency is to overreact, but you need not be overprotective of a person with mobility impairment.

4.      Be aware of obstacles, including floor or ground surfaces, which might be present in a room or location that would inhibit the movements of people. In greetings, be prepared to ‘shake’ what is offered to you.  This could be a disabled right hand, a prosthetic, a stump, or even their left hand.