Center on Transistion Innovations

Practical Tips

Teachers

  • Teach disability history in schools.
  • Create a culture of mutual respect and equal opportunity for all students.
  • Use person first language. Say “person with a disability” rather than “disabled person”.
  • Focus on the abilities of students rather than on their disabilities.
  • Provide basic disability awareness training for school staff, students and families within your building.

Families

  • Be aware of current legislation regarding disability.
  • Work and lobby for supports and changes in your community and government.
  • Offer as many opportunities as possible for making choices, setting goals, and self-advocacy.

Students

  • Increase your awareness about disability history today!
  • Learn about your rights as a person with a disability.
  • Respect people for their abilities.
  • Develop an understanding of your abilities, preferences, interests and needs.