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Include Me!<br />Ideas on how to include people with an intellectual disability or an acquired brain injury in conferences...
Words used in this Presentation<br /><ul><li>Self Advocate:  Someone with an intellectual disability or an</li></ul>    ac...
More words used in this Presentation<br /><ul><li>Plain English:  When you write or say something it should be easy</li></...
WORDS<br />Self Advocates find that one of the biggest issues is the wording of documents<br />4<br />
5<br />WORDS<br />Example<br />Use Plain or Easy English <br />Predominant<br />Main<br />5<br />
6<br />Don’t Use Jargon<br />Paradigm<br />Inter-related<br />Paradox<br />Accentuate<br />Utilisation<br />6<br />
7<br />Acronyms?<br />These are Acronyms<br />If you use an acronym<br /> spell out the letters or <br />provide a handout...
If difficult words need to be used put the meaning next to the word<br />or<br /> include a word list<br />Word List<br />...
9<br />WORDS<br />No italics<br />Use clear fonts<br />Contrasting <br />colours<br />9<br />
WORDS<br />Use large font<br />Not small<br />Size 14 or larger<br />Use large<br />10<br />
11<br />Room 1<br />Session 1 –  <br />Make sure program <br />times are correct<br />10 am<br />Room 1 <br />Session 2 – ...
12<br />Forms<br />Registration forms should be in Plain or <br />      Easy English and should ask about:<br /><ul><li>  ...
  Language and communication needs
  Dietary needs</li></ul>12<br />
Forms<br />Find out how people want their information:<br /><ul><li>  Easy or Plain English
  Online or by mail
  Large font
  To be used with a screen reader</li></ul>13<br />
Forms<br />Provide Feedback forms:<br /><ul><li>  In plain or easy English
  Support participants to do the feedback forms
  Provide them online so they can be done later</li></ul>14<br />
Presentations<br />Self advocates may find it difficult to follow presentations<br />15<br />
Presenters should...<br /><ul><li>  Explain diagrams or graphs in Plain English
  Provide information in small pieces
  Keep presentations short
  Have regular breaks
  Allow time for self advocates to ask questions</li></ul>16<br />
Information for Keynote Speakers<br />When presenting you should:<br /><ul><li>Provide information about yourself includin...
  Not speak too quickly and be clear
  Use short sentences
  Give clear explanations of difficult ideas</li></ul>17<br />
More… for Keynote Speakers<br /><ul><li>  Use pictures or photos to support your talk
  Make your questions and answers easy to understand
  Pause and check that everyone understands</li></ul>18<br />
The Coloured Card System <br />Give Self Advocates coloured cards to hold up to let  <br />Key Speakers know how they are ...
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  1. 1. Include Me!<br />Ideas on how to include people with an intellectual disability or an acquired brain injury in conferences<br />This guide is for people organising a conference and for people going to a conference. <br />1<br />
  2. 2. Words used in this Presentation<br /><ul><li>Self Advocate: Someone with an intellectual disability or an</li></ul> acquired brain injury who speaks up for themselves and the rights<br /> of others<br /><ul><li> Intellectual Disability: A disability that mostly affects the way a</li></ul> person learns. They may take longer to learn things, need<br /> special training and may have difficulties reading and writing.<br /> The disability may vary from person to person<br /><ul><li> Acquired Brain Injury: Any type of brain damage that happens </li></ul> after birth. Causes include disease, substance abuse, <br /> oxygen deprivation, infection or a blow to the head.<br />2<br />
  3. 3. More words used in this Presentation<br /><ul><li>Plain English: When you write or say something it should be easy</li></ul> to understand not jargon.<br /><ul><li> Easy English: Information in short sentences sometimes with</li></ul> pictures to help explain the meaning. You should work with a <br /> Self Advocate to check that the meaning is understood.<br /><ul><li>Support Person or Advisor: Supports a person with an intellectual</li></ul> disability or an acquired brain injury to understand what is<br /> being said and makes sure the person is listened to.<br />3<br />
  4. 4. WORDS<br />Self Advocates find that one of the biggest issues is the wording of documents<br />4<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />WORDS<br />Example<br />Use Plain or Easy English <br />Predominant<br />Main<br />5<br />
  6. 6. 6<br />Don’t Use Jargon<br />Paradigm<br />Inter-related<br />Paradox<br />Accentuate<br />Utilisation<br />6<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />Acronyms?<br />These are Acronyms<br />If you use an acronym<br /> spell out the letters or <br />provide a handout with<br /> a list of the acronyms<br /> and their meanings<br />AFDO = Australian Federation <br /> of Disability Organisations<br />DHS = Department of Human<br /> Services<br />CRU = Community Residential<br /> Unit<br />7<br />
  8. 8. If difficult words need to be used put the meaning next to the word<br />or<br /> include a word list<br />Word List<br />1. Subsequent = after<br />Keynote Speakers = the main speakers<br />State of the Art = latest<br />Retain = keep<br />8<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />WORDS<br />No italics<br />Use clear fonts<br />Contrasting <br />colours<br />9<br />
  10. 10. WORDS<br />Use large font<br />Not small<br />Size 14 or larger<br />Use large<br />10<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />Room 1<br />Session 1 – <br />Make sure program <br />times are correct<br />10 am<br />Room 1 <br />Session 2 – <br />10 am<br />11<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />Forms<br />Registration forms should be in Plain or <br /> Easy English and should ask about:<br /><ul><li> Access needs
  13. 13. Language and communication needs
  14. 14. Dietary needs</li></ul>12<br />
  15. 15. Forms<br />Find out how people want their information:<br /><ul><li> Easy or Plain English
  16. 16. Online or by mail
  17. 17. Large font
  18. 18. To be used with a screen reader</li></ul>13<br />
  19. 19. Forms<br />Provide Feedback forms:<br /><ul><li> In plain or easy English
  20. 20. Support participants to do the feedback forms
  21. 21. Provide them online so they can be done later</li></ul>14<br />
  22. 22. Presentations<br />Self advocates may find it difficult to follow presentations<br />15<br />
  23. 23. Presenters should...<br /><ul><li> Explain diagrams or graphs in Plain English
  24. 24. Provide information in small pieces
  25. 25. Keep presentations short
  26. 26. Have regular breaks
  27. 27. Allow time for self advocates to ask questions</li></ul>16<br />
  28. 28. Information for Keynote Speakers<br />When presenting you should:<br /><ul><li>Provide information about yourself including photos
  29. 29. Not speak too quickly and be clear
  30. 30. Use short sentences
  31. 31. Give clear explanations of difficult ideas</li></ul>17<br />
  32. 32. More… for Keynote Speakers<br /><ul><li> Use pictures or photos to support your talk
  33. 33. Make your questions and answers easy to understand
  34. 34. Pause and check that everyone understands</li></ul>18<br />
  35. 35. The Coloured Card System <br />Give Self Advocates coloured cards to hold up to let <br />Key Speakers know how they are going<br /><ul><li> Slow Down
  36. 36. Stop
  37. 37. Go Ahead</li></ul>19<br />
  38. 38. Coloured Rooms<br />Give the rooms colours not names<br />Use colours in the program to help people find rooms <br />20<br />
  39. 39. To help Self Advocates decide which sessions to attend <br />Keynote Speakers should rate their information<br /> using the ‘Star’ system.<br />= hard<br />= some difficult words<br />= easy<br />21<br />
  40. 40. SUPPORT<br />Self Advocates may need support to participate<br />Ask Self Advocates if they want support<br />Have Support Workers/Advisors at the conference<br />22<br />
  41. 41. Workshops<br />Have a workshop before the conference for self advocates to:<br /><ul><li> find out what support will be available
  42. 42. to meet each other
  43. 43. learn about the themes for the conference</li></ul>Also…have a quiet space for Self Advocates to rest<br />23<br />
  44. 44. Support Workers/Advisors<br /><ul><li> Should be well trained
  45. 45. Have an orientation program
  46. 46. Explain presentations and ideas
  47. 47. Should arrive early to meet self advocates
  48. 48. Stay until self advocates have left</li></ul>24<br />
  49. 49. The Venue<br />Self Advocates may need support to get to the venue and to know where to go when they do get there<br />The conference <br />should be......<br /> easy for people to find<br />25<br />
  50. 50. The conference <br />should be......<br />close to public transport<br />26<br />
  51. 51. Also...<br /><ul><li>Provide public transport information,</li></ul> an easy to read map and step by step<br /> instructions on how to get there<br /><ul><li>If there is no public transport near the</li></ul> venue arrange for a taxi or a community<br /> bus to pick people up<br /><ul><li> Use large non-reflective signs, colour coding </li></ul> and footprints to help self advocates know<br /> where to go at the venue<br />27<br />
  52. 52. Self Advocates may have other disabilities. <br /> They may have physical disabilities, vision<br /> or hearing impairment or limited speech, <br />so they may need other <br /> information about the <br /> venue. <br />28<br />
  53. 53. Finances<br />Many Self Advocates will be on a limited budget<br />Problem<br />Many self advocates can’t<br />afford to attend conferences. <br />Conference fees can be very <br />expensive and out of the<br />reach of self advocates<br />29<br />
  54. 54. Finances<br />Solution<br />Provide sponsorship for<br />self advocates who may<br />find it financially difficult <br />to attend. <br />30<br />
  55. 55. Finances<br />Solution<br />Sponsorship could include:<br /><ul><li> meals and travel
  56. 56. accommodation
  57. 57. registration fees
  58. 58. conference dinner costs</li></ul>31<br />
  59. 59. Useful Resources & Internet Links<br /><ul><li> This is the Wikipedia link that describes several aspects of accessibility</li></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility<br /> <br /><ul><li> Meetings and Events Australia. “Accessible Events – A Guide for Organisers” </li></ul>www.mea.org.au<br /><ul><li> Office of Disability, Department of Planning and Community Development.</li></ul> “Inclusive Consultation and Communication with People with a Disability” <br />January 2008. <br />http://www.officefordisability.vic.gov.au/docs/Inclusive_<br />Consultation_and_Communication_Resource_List.pdf<br /> <br /><ul><li> Plain English Alternatives </li></ul>http://www.kerryr.net/webwriting/plain_english.htm<br /> <br /><ul><li> Reinforce Inc.</li></ul>A Self Advocacy group run by people with disabilities<br />Ph. (03) 9650 7855 <br />http://www.reinforce.org.au/<br /> <br />32<br />
  60. 60. Useful Resources & Internet Links (cont)<br /><ul><li> SARU Self Advocacy Resource Unit </li></ul> Ph. (03) 9639 6856<br />http://www.saru.net.au/<br /> <br /><ul><li> VALID Inc</li></ul>Ph (03) 9416 4003 <br />www.valid.org.au<br /> <br /><ul><li> Westernport Speaking Out Inc. (WPSO). </li></ul>Ph. (03) 9770 1710 <br />wpso.selfadvocates@bigpond.com<br /><ul><li> Queenslanders with Disabilities Network </li></ul>Copy & paste the following sentence into Google <br />“How to organise a conference to cater for people with a number of disabilities”<br /> <br />33<br />
  61. 61. 34<br />Useful Resources & Internet Links<br /><ul><li> World Health Organisation Guidelines for Accessibility at WHO-FIC Meetings</li></ul>www.aihw.gov.au/international/who_hoc/hoc_02.../brisbane62.doc<br /> <br /><ul><li> A Guide for Planning Meetings, Conferences and Gatherings - A Publication of </li></ul>The Home and Community-Based Services Resource Network Boston College,<br /> Graduate School of Social Work 140 Commonwealth Avenue, McGuinn Hall, <br />Rm. 602 Chestnut Hill, MA 02467<br />http://tcsip.tarjancenter.ucla.edu/docs/HCBSAccessibleMeetings.pdf<br /> <br /><ul><li> Removing Barriers Planning Meetings That Are Accessible To All Participants </li></ul>North Carolina Office on Disability and Health in collaboration with The Center<br />for Universal Design 2005<br />http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~ncodh/pdfs/rbmeetingguide.pdf<br /> <br /><ul><li> Planning accessible presentations</li></ul>http://www.w3.org/WAI/training/accessible.php<br />34<br />
  62. 62. 35<br /> About This Project<br />Project Funding:<br />Helen MacPherson Smith Trust.<br />http://hmstrust.org.au/<br />Project Support:<br />AFDO - Australian Federation of Disability Organisations<br />Ph. 9662 3324office@afdo.org.au<br />http://www.afdo.org.au/<br />DRC - Disability Resources Centre <br /> Phone: 9481 6646 advocacy@drc.org.auwww.drc.org.au<br />Steering Committee<br />David Banfield, Norrie Blythman, Amanda Hiscoe, Frank Hall-Bentick, Neil Cameron, Christine Scott, Sue Smith and Heather Forsyth<br />Project Workers/Kit Design<br />Janice Slattery, Val Edgar, Jacqui Ward, Neal Haslem<br />End<br />

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