Disability Awareness and Etiquette Training

George Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; standing left to right Reverend Harold Wilkie, Sandra Parrino of the National Council on Disability; seated left to right, Evan Kemp, Chairman of the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission, George Bush, Justin Dart, Chairman of the ‘s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities. Washington DC, USA, 26 July 1990. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).

Disabilities are a natural part of life that can affect anyone at any time. Currently, about 50 million people in the United States consider themselves to have some sort of disability. That is nearly one out of every six people living in our communities. In terms of demographics, the disability community is the largest minority group by far in the United States.

Thanks to the advocating efforts of countless champions, people with disabilities live in a more inclusive society than ever before. Laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act have given people with disabilities the civil rights and protections needed to live in a more accepting and accessible community. Today people with disabilities contribute in all aspects of society including commerce, arts and entertainment, and in our workforce.

It is now more important than ever businesses and organizations understand the wants and needs of people with disabilities. It is of no surprise businesses report an increase in productivity when they have a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities or an increase in sales when businesses accommodate the needs of all their clientele. Yet, there is reluctance by some to include people with disabilities because of a lack of knowledge on how to provide the right accommodations.

Southwest Institute for Families and Children can help your business or organization understand how to best work with people within the disability community. With years of experience working with people with disabilities in all aspects of their lives, SWI has a keen understanding on how to reach a truly untapped market in terms of employment, social, outreach, and marketing.

Contact George Garcia to find out how SWI can work with your organization today.

602-235-0354 extension 801 or e-mail G.Garcia@SWIfamilies.org.


We offer presentations and workshops in a variety of topics that include:

  • Disability history
  • ADA employment rights and responsibilities
  • Disability etiquette for a variety of disabilities
  • Self advocacy
  • Accessible language