How You Can Be Supportive To Someone With A Disability

Fluffy Owl Feathers

I don’t profess to be the best advice-giver on this topic, but I’ll share my experience and throw in some recommendations based on what works for me and my brother, who has lupus. If you’re struggling right now as a family member or friend who’s trying to understand your loved one’s disease or disability and how you can best be a help for them, I hope my post will be something of a help for you. I’m writing this from the perspective of someone who’s been in the position of supportive family member, but of course I concede that your loved one and other disabled people are the priority when taking advice on a topic like this. Read what disabled people have to say on sites like Tumblr and Twitter, @EverydayAbleism e.g. and remember that their words are most important.

First things first: you will screw up. Okay? Particularly in…

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