Engaging with disabled people

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  • People and Barriers to print information Blind Partially sighted Dyslexic Deaf Hearing impaired Brain injured Physically unable to hold paper of a book Difficulties processing the written word Learning disabled Memory and other mental health problems Medication which may make concentrating on print difficult
  • People and Barriers to print information Blind Partially sighted Dyslexic Deaf Hearing impaired Brain injured Physically unable to hold paper of a book Difficulties processing the written word Learning disabled Memory and other mental health problems Medication which may make concentrating on print difficult
  • Same information – different presentation Accessible information is the same information presented in a variety of ways or formats that meets each audience’s needs.
  • Universal Design Provide a Rich Experience Traffic Light Example: Catering for all users Crossing Signal -Picture not wording (for people who are illiterate or non English speaking) -Different pictures for people that are colour blind -led lighting so can be seen clearly at night Ramp for wheelchair access Raised bumps on ground for blind people using sensing sticks Large button for people with low vision Large arrow pointing in walking direction White markings on road so walk-way is easy to follow Crossing sound for blind people
  • Engaging with disabled people

    1. 1. Inclusive Engagement Who are you missing?
    2. 2. Many people have choices about the ways they engage with their communities and central and local government. Others do not. They face significant barriers.
    3. 3. Barriers
    4. 4. Who are they? <ul><li>Increasing numbers of older people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>by 2030, 26% of the population will be over 65 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>40% of working age Kiwis have poor literacy </li></ul><ul><li>20% of working age Kiwis have English as a second language </li></ul><ul><li>20% have one or more disabilities </li></ul>
    5. 5. Disabled people are: blind speech impairments intellectual & learning disabilities mental illness phobias hard of hearing brain injured partially sighted dyslexic physically disabled Deaf
    6. 6. They are all citizens too: <ul><li>with a rightful place in the community </li></ul><ul><li>and the right to a voice </li></ul><ul><li>and the right to be heard. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Inclusive Engagement - 1 <ul><li>Do your homework – plan for inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to people who face barriers, and to their organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t make assumptions </li></ul><ul><li>Know the difference between organisations “ of ” and “ for ” and their different interests and politics </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity building may be needed </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory and reference groups may not be the only answer </li></ul>
    8. 8. Universal Design
    9. 9. Inclusive Engagement - 2 <ul><li>Know your audience/s </li></ul><ul><li>Supply fully accessible information </li></ul><ul><li>Use fully accessible venues </li></ul><ul><li>Implement accessible processes </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Nothing about us without us! </li></ul><ul><li>Robyn Hunt </li></ul><ul><li>w. www.AccEase.com </li></ul><ul><li>b. www.lowvisionary.com </li></ul><ul><li>e. robyn.hunt@accease.com </li></ul>

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