Disabling Ableism: Tips for Partnering With Disabled People

Do you work with disabled people? Were you ever trained on how to communicate or interact with a disabled person? No? Why do you think that is? Probably because disabled people are PEOPLE. Just like everyone else. You should talk and interact with a disabled person like you would anyone else. This sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, it has proven not to be.

This August 2023 webinar is led by Erica Andres. Erica is a Senior Consultant at Applied Self-Direction and has over 20 years of experience working in the Health and Human Services field. Erica has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has the added expertise of living a self-directed life and directing her own care for over 20 years. The training is a compilation of incidents that have happened to Erica, as well as other disabled people and people supporting disabled people. Through examples, conversation, and humor, we hope you will realize how simple it is to communicate and interact with a disabled person, even those of us who don’t use words to answer back.

While this session is primarily geared towards support brokers and other professionals working within self-direction programs, the key takeaways will be applicable to anyone who is nondisabled and working with the disability community. 

The slides are available under File(s). View the recording on YouTube