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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Put people first.

Since I commute by train and bus, I run into many of the same people everyday. Yesterday, on my way home I rode the train with a women I see frequently. She's blind, and when we moved to exit at the same stop I asked if she needed assistance. We chatted on the way to her bus and were pleased to note that her first name is the same as my middle name. My conversation with Carol inspired this post on putting people not disability first.

Here are some resources that will help you interact with all people regardless of their (dis)abilities. It's not surprising that that these guidelines apply to everyone because species atypical people (like blond people, blind people, and any other group that is not in the majority) have many of the same needs, desires, concerns, hopes, etc. as everyone else. Considering that most people will be disabled at some point in their lives, this is especially true. Consider these suggestions:

--> Recognize that people are individuals. Give them respect and treat them they way you would want to be treated.
--> Treat adults as adults. Do not patronize people with disabilities by telling them how courageous they are, talking to them like they are children, or talking down to them.
--> Speak directly to the person not their companion (if they have one).
--> Offer assistance but only give it if your offer is accepted. Wait for any instructions the person may give you.
--> Don't focus on the disability, but don't pretend it doesn't exist.
--> Be willing to adjust your pace of walking or talking as necessary.

You may think that this will be easy, but take this test for bias first. If the results surprise or disappoint you, consider a visit to Tolerance.org to learn how you can promote tolerance in yourself, your home and your community. Here are a few more resources you may want to consider:

* From Linc, Inc: www.lincinc.org/faq.html
* From the National Center for Independent Living: www.ncil.org/about/MedicalAndILModels.html
* From Disability Rights Advocates: www.dralegal.org/publications/index.php

Remember that perspectives may differ because all people with disabilities don't agree on everything. Neither do all women. Or all wealthy people. Or all black people. You get the idea. When we recognize the value that all people possess we're well on the way to putting people first.

It was great meeting you, Carol! See you on MARTA!

"I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more if they had known they were slaves." -- Harriet Tubman

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

在MSN上,同声传译偶尔会和翻译公司外国朋友交流一番。可是,不会英文,东莞翻译公司无疑会让沟通变得艰难。同声传译如果广州翻译公司只是去查询词典深圳韩语翻译,虽然深圳法语翻译可以明白一两个单词的意思,但是整句到底是什么意思,用英语怎么去说明,怎么能够让外国朋友听懂纳?

  这就需要借助于专业深圳翻译公司的翻译工具和翻译软件了。深圳翻译公司。而近日,MSN推出了全新的在线翻译机器人服务广州翻译公司上海翻译公司。添加翻译机器人到你的MSN中,深圳德语翻译
深圳俄语翻译
深圳韩语翻译,便可轻松实现广州同声传译在线翻译。

  MSN翻译机器人商务口译同传设备目前深圳翻译和以往深圳英语翻译
深圳日语翻译或者广州翻译公司民间推出的机器人程序相同,同样采用聊天窗口,通过对话实现功能。
深圳同声传译

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