How to become ally of youth with disabilities Back to Tips and tools Share this tip sheet: For Allies Ways you can be an ally for kids and youth with disabilities DOWNLOAD THIS PDF Challenge the assumption that kids and youth with disabilities lead less fulfilling lives. Understand that disability is part of life and should not be viewed as inherently tragic or inspirational. Listen and learn from the experiences of kids and youth with disabilities. Consider the person first, before their disability. Disability is just one part of a person’s identity. Teach those around you that difference is valuable and part of being human. Actively invite kids and youth with disabilities to join your social and community activities. Share the message that kids and youth with disabilities belong in your community, classroom, and workplace. Stop using negative and ‘ableist’ language, like “confined to a wheelchair” or “suffers from a disability” that implies having a disability is bad. Instead use, “uses a wheelchair” or “has a disability.” Respect how each individual chooses to describe themselves and their disability. For example, some people use “autistic person,” while others use “person with autism.” Celebrate differences! Take accountability to prioritize and support diversity in your life and take action when you witness stigma and exclusion. Self-reflect about your own views about disability and acknowledge your own biases and exclusionary actions.