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Disability Etiquette

“Disability Etiquette” is an article published by Disability Rights and Resources on its website in 2008. 
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Disability Rights and Resources
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"Disability Etiquette" is reprinted with permission from Disabiity Rights and Resources ©2008
Text Dependent Questions
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According to the article, what is the origin of the term “handicap”?
Answer
The word was first used in “Merry Olde London” to describe “cap in hand permits” that were granted for street
begging. And most street beggars at that time were people with disabilities. Much progress has been made since then, and people with disabilities don’t want to be seen as pitiful.
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Disability etiquette, first and foremost, means putting people first and not their disabilities. Review the article
and paraphrase one “people-first” tip from each section.
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Answers will vary but can include some of the following: Don’t assume someone needs help; ask them first; don’t treat them like they’re invisible; speak directly to them; give people with disabilities a heads up if there will be some kind of barrier at an event; a person is not their disability or condition; and refer to them as a person “with” or who “has” a disability.
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The article provides specific advice for respectfully engaging with people with disabilities. Identify some aspect
of the article that you are concerned is not being addressed or followed in your family, school or community.
Answer
Answers will vary but should cite the article.
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What advice does the article give for speaking with a person with a disability?
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Speak directly to them rather than through a companion.
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In what ways could the advice in this article help you and your peers work toward the goals of Diversity Standard
6, “Students will express comfort with people who are both similar to and different from them and engage
respectfully with all people”? Cite specific parts of the article in your response.
Answer
Answers will vary but should cite the article and the Anti-bias Framework.