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Five awkward things to avoid doing when you meet a disabled person
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Video describing Five awkward things to avoid doing when you meet a disabled person
Read the transcript for "Five awkward things to avoid doing when you meet a disabled person"
Our research shows that a whopping two-thirds of people say they feel awkward when they meet disabled people.
We know that this awkwardness is often because people are worried about saying or doing the wrong thing, so they avoid disabled people all together.
We want to make sure this isn’t happening, so we’ve got some handy tips to help everyone feel more confident around disability.
Disabled people have names like everyone else. Their impairment isn’t who they are. Ask someone their name and go from there.
"Can you have sex?” is an awkward question for anyone. Disabled people often get bombarded with questions you wouldn’t ask a complete stranger.
Start by getting to know a disabled person the same way you would anyone else. “How was your weekend?” “Rubbish weather, isn’t it?” You get it.
The person you’re speaking to probably knows more about their impairment than you do. Not everyone in a wheelchair is paralysed, and not every disabled person knows sign language.
Many disabled people can drive, go to the gym, play football and have a night out just like everyone else. Remember everyone’s different and can do different things.
People’s impairments can’t always be seen and aren’t always physical. Don’t expect disabled people to look or act a certain way.
You’re trying to do a good thing, but wading in and giving help isn’t always needed. Offer to help if it seems like someone would like some, but:
Ask in what way you can help, and follow what they say. They’re in charge
Be cool if your offer is turned down
End the Awkward.
If you say or do something awkward it’s not the end of the world. Apologise, laugh it off, but don’t let it finish your conversation. Awkward moments happen all the time, but if you focus on seeing the person, not their impairment, you can’t go far wrong.
Find out how @Scope is helping people to feel more confident about disability. Help us #EndTheAwkward http://bit.ly/2egoZQx