Being a good communicator

We can all help to make sure people with intellectual disabilities are heard and included in our communities.

When you’re communicating with a person with an intellectual disability, it’s important that the person feels as comfortable as possible communicating with you. This could mean making sure you are in a quiet environment and you are communicating one-on-one with the person. Everyone is different though so take the person’s lead on how they communicate.


Here are some tips to be a good communicator:

People with intellectual disabilities want to be treated the same as everyone else. They want to be seen as a person first, not their disability.

What people with intellectual disabilities said

When I feel respected:

When I feel disrespected:

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