This campaign was developed in partnership with disabled people, based on their individual experiences, extensive research and work with disability stakeholders.
Why it matters
If someone makes assumptions about what you can and can’t do, or what you need, it can cause you to feel undermined, disempowered and frustrated. This happens to disabled people all the time.
Being an ally to disabled people is about more than just being supportive. To be a true ally it’s important to listen to disabled people, to ask them what they want or need, and what they are capable of – not assume that we already know.
This campaign sheds light on how this simple action of #AskDontAssume can make a big difference, and help you learn what disabled people want from you.
Every disability is different and no two disabled people are alike. Read about some of the disabled people involved in our campaign, and learn more about what they want and need from you.
“Would you call someone able bodied ‘inspiring’ for just going about their business? Inspirational is a lazy compliment. I’m just a stand up guy who sits down.
I use my disadvantage to my advantage every day. Where my legs don’t work, my mind does. “
“I don’t want to relive my trauma every day for total strangers. It’s not that I mind sharing my story. I just want to be able to choose the context.
I do work as a motivational speaker. If you want to hear my story, you’ll have to pay!”
“My social media is about debunking stereotypes. People say ‘you’re not blind because you are looking at the camera.’
There is an element of ignorance out there. But there are also a lot of people who are actually hoping to learn.”