United Spinal Association launches a new public service campaign highlighting the organization’s Disability Etiquette Booklet, which educates the public on effectively interacting with people with disabilities.

The Disability Etiquette Booklet and the related public service campaign were created to erase common misconceptions about wheelchair users and ease the awkwardness that many experience when interacting with someone with a disability for the first time.

“Raising public awareness is the first step in creating a more inclusive society and integrating wheelchair users and other individuals with disabilities into the workplace and the marketplace,” says James Weisman, United Spinal’s president and CEO, in a media release.

The campaign includes animated television and radio public service announcements that highlight common social and environmental barriers wheelchair users encounter in their daily lives.

The radio spots also feature Jose Hernandez and Andrea Dalzell, two United Spinal members and disability advocates who highlight ways to interact more effectively with wheelchair users.

The Disability Etiquette booklet covers basic interaction principles as well as detailed information that apply to people with various disabilities including mobility and sensory impairments, developmental and psychiatric disabilities, HIV/AIDS, learning disabilities, Tourette’s syndrome and many others.

United Spinal can also customize a Disability Etiquette training session at a reasonable cost for companies, organizations, or institutions. Its staff can plan a program based on individual needs. For more information, contact info@unitedspinal.org.

[Source(s): United Spinal Association, PR Newswire]