June 4, 2019

Tips for Interviewing People With Physical or Intellectual Disability

1. Always speak directly to the person with disability instead of using a companion or an interpreter.

2. If you want to offer any help, please wait to see whether the person with disability is willing to accept your help. Provide the necessary assistance only if your offer is accepted.

3. Be patient and wait for the person with disability to finish what he or she is saying.

4. If you fail to understand what the person has answered to a particular question you have asked, don't pretend you have understood. Instead, repeat your question and allow the person to respond again.

5. Don't shout. Use a normal tone of voice while interacting with the person with disability.

6. Don't touch, lean on or move a wheelchair without permission.