Wheelchair etiquette

A few helpful points

Following my Facebook interview with Kate Guest on Monday, I thought it would be a good idea to summarise some of the points raised:

  • As discussed in an earlier blog – why wheelchair bound and disabled person make me feel uncomfortable and should be replaced with wheelchair user and person with a disability
  • If you want to ask a wheelchair user a question – speak to the wheelchair user and not the person pushing the chair
  • Calling things by their correct names – I have had my wheelchair referred to as a cart or a buggy. Would you like it if I called your car a cart
  • It’s not a good idea to lean on or push a wheelchair without asking – it can be quite unnerving for me and I might try to push away in my chair with you still leaning on it
  • Respect my independence and don’t do things for me because you think its simpler. It may take me a little longer to make a cup of tea – but I can still do it. Let the wheelchair user or person with a disability ask for the help they need.
  • In an office be prepared to make minor adjustments – lower a coat hook or putting files within reach.
  • If you are having a conversation with me can you sit down. It’s much easier to hear if we are on the same level – besides it saves me getting neck strain.
  • Don’t be afraid to shake hands – I won’t break.
  • Don’t automatically speak slower or louder than normal – it’s like being on holiday where people think speaking slowly helps them be understood.

Remember it is also up to the wheelchair user or person with a disability to help by saying what they can’t do or will need assistance with.

What our clients think about Devon Proofreading

extremely professional and accurate in proofreading my website

Ian Luff, Proprietor, Luffs cafe - Newton Abbot

View ALL testimonials

Join us on social media

Keep up-to-date with our latests posts and tweets.

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more, please drop us a line.