Disability Allyship Tips

Speak up when someone denigrates the disabled. Especially when we’re not there. 

Use diverse examples in your presentations, papers, workflows, conversations, etc. When the disabled are used as just another example people’s brains will stop defaulting to able-bodied as the norm. 

Learn when it’s ok to offer help and when to just help. This is a very personal choice made by us and needs to be respected. Things like when it’s ok to hold open a door, when it’s ok to touch someone, when to explain a disability, etc.

Not every interaction is an appropriate teachable moment; recognize what the right moments look like.

Make sure to not infantilize someone with a disability; doing something differently does not make someone incapable of completing the task. 

Stay informed about new accessibility/assistive technologies

Do not speak for us unless you know it’s ok; especially if we are already dealing with the issue.  

Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know and point someone to a resource.

— Anonymous Contributor

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