In North American Society, we have made progress in breaking down barriers in employment, education, and accessibility, but communication and interaction with people with disabilities still needs attention. Many nondisabled people feel anxious in the presence of someone with a disability, so they say nothing and avoid contact. In this publication you will find suggestions that will help educate people about communicating with people with disabilities. It provides a variety of helpful suggestions for communication, broken into groups based on disability such as "Tips for Communicating with People with Mobility Impairments." The section on "Attitudinal Barriers" gives brief, pithy statements of various attitudes that create barriers to participation in society by people who have disabilities, and it provides helpful, practical suggestions for reducing those barriers. For example, "Try listening with an open mind to what the person with the disability is saying without prejudicing your thoughts about what he or she can or cannot do." The suggestions and tips can easily be applied in church situations.
Communicating Effectively With People Who Have a Disability