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The biggest problems with etiquette are that employees ignore someone or don’t treat them like everyone else.
“Whether it’s a high-turnover employee straight out of high school or someone who has never seen someone with a disability show signs of discomfort, it affects the person with the disability. I can’t imagine how many times this happened to my father. Every disabled person I have spoken to has nodded their head and said, ‘Yes, that happened,’ ”he said.
“There are certain things, such as how to deal with people with language differences, seizures or what you can legally ask a person who is a service dog handler. There are good ways to reach out to people, ”said Jamison. “Sometimes you speak to someone directly and they don’t look for and speak to the guest or customer who is sitting in a wheelchair, but rather the person who is standing next to them. It’s not very inviting. “
VisitAble is currently a regional concern, but Jamison hopes to expand nationally and make it the gold standard for disabled diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by businesses, governments and organizations.
“At the moment we are not as far as I would like to be. We had a tough year in 2020 – I think every company has – and we had a seven month drought where we had no certifications and that forced us to broaden our vision, ”he said.