There is something most people don’t understand about disabled folks, and they really won’t understand until they get disabled, or are close to someone who is.
That thing they don’t understand is the embarrassment of having people pity you, of having them constantly want to help you. For some folks, this can hurt them just as much as if you mocked them for it.
So, this is a can’t win situation right? Is it possible to treat disabled folks right, in a way that won’t hurt them in any way? Actually, it is possible. All that you need is some sensitivity to the situation, and maybe, a bit of cleverness.