Advice for Being More Inclusive in Life3 min read
Do you know how to behave inclusively towards wheelchair users? We’re not talking about inclusive design, which encompasses several principles from the physical environment to interfaces. We’re not talking about the accessibility of buildings, transportation, and technologies. We want you to consider your behavior toward wheelchair users: how can you behave more inclusively? What do you need to do so that people with disabilities feel welcome and included among you?
This article will look at many examples of people behaving inclusively without even realizing it and tips for behaving more inclusively yourself.
1) Be aware of how people with disabilities perceive your actions.
People with disabilities share their thoughts and feelings as often as anyone else does. They have the same desires and interests as you do. Some of them use wheelchairs, canes, or other assistive devices. Some like to choose from a range of WAV cars.
It’s your responsibility to ensure you know how your actions are perceived by people with disabilities, as it can make a huge difference in how they feel and want to interact with you.
2) Do not make assumptions about the types of equipment that other people use.
Maybe someone you know well uses a wheelchair, but beyond that, don’t assume anything about the rest of their life. They may not use a wheelchair at home, for example. They may hold down a job or develop their own projects.
3) Remember that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.
Just because someone can’t walk into a building doesn’t mean they don’t have other very important talents and skills. Some people with disabilities have incredible talents in one field while being handicapped in another. Many individuals have disabilities but are very talented in other areas, which brings them self-worth and happiness. We cannot lose sight of the fact that everyone is unique, and it is a huge mistake to judge someone based solely on their disability status or limitations (if any).
4) Don’t view just any sort of disability as a tragedy.
Many people with disabilities lead happy lives. Many inspirational individuals have overcome incredible obstacles, and you may find that comparing their abilities or achievements is not essential. You won’t know if someone is truly happy unless you respectfully ask them, and also, it’s essential to remember that everyone’s definition of happiness may be different. There are just as many examples of very successful individuals with disabilities as there are unsuccessful ones.
There is a huge difference between seeing a person with a disability and thinking about how to include them properly. It is important to be inclusive, as it shows that you recognize the value in all people, realize their strengths, and appreciate their essential worth.
Be aware of how your actions are perceived by people with disabilities, do not make assumptions about the types of equipment they use, and remember that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Do not view just any sort of disability as a tragedy.