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How to Interact

This is a great little video with a lesson on interacting with people with various disabilities. It's short (3-4 minutes), humourous, and honest. It does focus on physical disabilities, but the lessons are the same I think.. People First.

What catches your attention the most?

Which can be tricky?

What's left out for people with cognitive disabilities?

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 13:03 by Registered CommenterDr Karen in | Comments3 Comments

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Neat video. The message that I think is really important is to ask the person if you don't know how they would like to be helped or if you don't know what they need, as opposed to making an assumption. I think that cognitive disabilities can be trickier as there are so many different kinds and even varying degrees of disability within each kind. I think that the best approach is to try to get to know the person, be respectful, and be inquisitive while watching your language.

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPawan

I watched the video twice since I was on/off in the computer supporting members. It was very funny in a sense that I see myself in some of the scenarios, like offering my help but it end up in a disaster, i.e. I offered my help to individual who is using cane but her cane got stuck in the door because I thought she already got out. One time, I was watching a blind man eating and seem to reach for his glass of water, I grabbed the glass to help him without asking, and we both ended getting wet.
The tricky thing, I wanted to help and be supported in my best way and since I thought that they are helpless but they are not, I got in a situation where I made it worse than when they are doing it by themselves.
I think, people with cognitive disabilities should be treated the way they wanted to be treated by allowing them to function in their best abilities and value their capabilities. They deserved to be respected and not underestimated but rather given a chance to participate and be part of the society.

January 22, 2015 | Registered CommenterBernadette Gapuz

CY well done video nice quick refresher

February 24, 2015 | Registered CommenterCatherine Young

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