For many years, disabled people were not part of mainstream society. They were kept at home or in institutions. This has changed, but society is still learning how to deal with disabled people in their midst. One problem is how to talk to disabled people. There are no etiquette classes on this subject, and many people are at a loss. It is important to speak directly to the person who is disabled, even if they have an assistant with them. A disabled person deserves to be spoken to in the same manner as any other person. Whether or not they can see or hear, speaking directly to them is a sign of respect for them as a person.