I would recommend not assuming when, how, or what your friend with disabilities needs help with.

To prevent any situations where you or they might feel awkward, just ask!

From what I know, most people with disabilities don’t need help, and when they do, they ask for it.

A constructive action would be: if the person you know doesn’t ask for your support but still needs it, encourage them to express their needs, so there’s no risk of you becoming overbearing and them becoming frustrated. 😊

Offer your help to a person with disabilities if you think it’s appropriate, but not before asking: Do you need help? 😉 Can I assist you in any way? 😉 And don’t take action until you receive their response and assist them only if you get confirmation.

If you have no idea how to help them, don’t hesitate, ask them. 😉

I have many memories, and some of the nicest ones are related to people with whom our interaction began like this: I want to help you, but I don’t know how. 😊

It’s very beautiful and beneficial in the long run, help me help you.

And because I’m feeling this excellence in interactions 😊 obviously, the modesty in me will give you some suggestions regarding offering help.

Maybe not excellent 😉, but the recommendations are generally applicable, you don’t even have to take my word for it, apply them, test them, and see how they will influence your interaction with a person with disabilities, whether they are your friend, coworker, neighbor, client, or anything else.

– If you don’t already know the person, introduce yourself;
– Offer help appropriately – provide assistance in the way people need and say, not how you think it should be done;
– Don’t be offended if your help isn’t needed;
– Ask how to help (in detail);
– Assist people with disabilities when help is needed or requested, but don’t discourage active participation from them;
– Don’t assume that a person with disabilities always needs help. If you want to offer help, ask first if it’s needed. If you don’t know how to help, ask how you can do it;
– Sometimes a person may feel comfortable enough to ask for help, and if not, encourage them to express their needs, which could be a huge help in the long run;
– Don’t offer to help too often, as this habit can become annoying;
– Always respect the dignity, individuality, and desire for independence of the person with disabilities. If you feel your help might be needed in a certain situation, don’t assist without asking permission first;
– Be patient when offering assistance.

There’s much more to say, but I’ll come back later.

Until then,

#Accessibility_is_not_a_luxury and it starts with each of us.

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