- Use person first language such as “he has Autism” no “He’s Autistic”.
- Don’t assume if you can’t see a disability it doesn’t exist. Not all disabilities are visible.
- Ask before assisting someone and wait for their instructions.
- When talking to a person with a sign language interpreter or other support provider, address the person directly.
- Be patient with those who take extra time to communicate. Do not speak for them or assume they have an intellectual disability.
- The person themselves is the best judge of what they can and cannot do. Involve people with disabilities in their academic/life decisions.
- You are so inspiring.
- You, have a disability?
- You look so normal.
- You’re young, you’ll heal.
- ADHD isn’t real. You just need to work harder.
- You don’t need Proctoring, take your test in class.
- We all have some kind of disability.
- Extended time isn’t fair to the other students.
- If you try harder you will overcome your problems.
- He has a mental illness? Is he dangerous?
- What happened to you?
- Avoiding eye contact
- Let me do that for you.
- I have one of your students.
- Talking around but not to the student.
For more information contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at 760.744.1150, ext. 2375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.