How to be a good ally
We asked disabled people what non-disabled people could do to be a good ally.
We have put what they told us into 10 top tips.
- Listen to disabled people.
If you're not sure, ask! Do not make assumptions or finish someone’s sentences for them!
- Not all impairments and conditions are visible.
And some change. You may not be able to see them, but they’re still there.
- Think about your language.
Don’t use ableist terms like ‘idiot’, and call these out when you hear them.
- Champion accessibility and inclusion.
Especially at work. Ask what access needs someone might have, like receiving presentations before a meeting.
- Educate yourself.
Read and learn about the advantages and benefits you experience as a non-disabled person and how to champion disabled people’s rights.
- Speak out.
If you see or hear bullying or discrimination, speak up or report it.
- Don’t push.
If someone says they can’t do something or aren’t feeling up to it, even if they look OK, don’t put them under pressure to change their mind.
- Never assume someone is exaggerating or ‘faking it’.
Just because you can’t see someone’s condition, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.
- It’s OK to ask questions.
But remember to ask something you’d be happy to answer yourself!
- Everyone is different.
Not every disabled person will have the same views and preferences on these tips. And that's OK.