Tips to Help Interact with Wheelchair Users
In today’s article, we will go over some tips on how you can interact with a wheelchair user because some people feel they need to know if there are specific ways of interacting with. Now, you may already have a family member or a close friend that is disabled and is in a wheelchair then you already know how to interact with users but you can still read this article to find more tips.
One of the best ways to help the disabled is to not park in handicap parking spots because it is specifically for them. As a result, it can cause a lot of trouble for someone in a wheelchair to have to park across the street if you parked in their spot because you wanted to be closer to the entrance. Try not to park on the hashtags around the parking stop either!
Try to greet them as if they were not in a wheelchair. To clarify, do not pat them on the head if they can’t move their arms or legs. Grown adults do not want to be patted on the head as if they were a child or a dog. If they happen to be able to move their arms, then you can extend your arm for a regular handshake even though they cannot move their hands. They will appreciate the effort instead of not trying to greet them.
They are humans to they want to be social so talk to them as well don’t just talk to their companion if you need to ask them something. Ask them if you are unsure of something if you work at a restaurant and you do not have wheelchair seating then ask the user if that place where you want to seat them is okay. They will feel appreciated.
Though this should be obvious, it always has to be said. For instance, do not ask a wheelchair user to hold your dog on their lap if you will not ask someone who is not in a chair. The wheelchairs can be expensive then can reach thousands of dollars depending on the style of you buy. One should definitely not play around with the wheelchair because you can mess up the adjustments it currently has.
Sometimes they may feel like they are a burden to go out with and will feel like they shouldn’t go, however, it is up to you if you want them to go. You just have to accept how they will see the situations. In other words, a person's disabiity has nothing to do with their personality.
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