FREE TO BE
People with disabilities are often disempowered by having their right to choose what happens to them take away. Here are a few things every person with a disability should be able to choose:
• How to be referred
• The kind of medication and treatment given
• Their boundaries and personal space
• How they communicate – be it verbal, gesturing, through sign language, writing, or not at all
• How they learn
• If and how allies help them out
HOW TO BE A BETTER ALLY
• Ask permission before doing something for or to someone with a disability (ie. Holding a door open for a person who is blind)
• Speak directly to someone, instead of towards an interpreter or Personal Support Worker
• Never touch someone’s cane, wheelchair, or other mobility aid without consent
• Caption your videos and images. Describing what a picture looks like or putting subtitles in your video help make media more accessible.
• Do not assume sanity or accessibility needs
• Treat disability as differently-abled, not unable
Two blue circles with white images in the center. First circle is a lightbulb. Second images is a clenched fist.