Faculty Handbook: Helpful Attitudes and Etiquette
- Don't be afraid to approach a person with a disability. Simply treat them
as you would like to be treated - with respect. If you have questions
about whether or not a student needs an accommodation, the first
person to ask is the student.
Speak Directly to the Student
- Speak directly to the student with the disability. Don't consider a companion
to be a conversation go-between.
Speak Distinctly and Slowly to a Hearing Impaired Student
- When talking to an individual with a hearing loss, speak slowly without
exaggerating lip movement. Stand in front of the person and use
gestures to aid communication. Many such students rely on reading
lips. If you are uncertain if the information is being fully understood,
with disabilities, like those without disabilities, do some things
well and others not as well. By focusing on what they can do, instead
of what they can't, you will help build their confidence.
wheelchair is part of a person's "personal space". No
one should lean on a chair, touch it, or push it, unless asked.
When pushing a wheelchair, ask the person how he or she wants you
to proceed. When you are talking with a student in a wheelchair,
be seated so the student does not have to peer upward at you.
Service Dog Etiquette
- Companion and guide dogs work for their owners and should not be played with
or petted while in harness.
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alert to possible architectural barriers in places you want to enter
with a person with a disability. If the person is on crutches or
in a wheelchair, opening a door is appreciated. Also, watch for
poor lighting, which impairs communication for persons with hearing
and visual impairments.
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