We’ve seen some great examples of how organisations are actively including young people with disability. We’ll look at a few of these examples here, reflect on them and consider whether you can implement the ideas in your organisation.
Public Statement of Commitment
The Brunswick Music Festival included the following statement in their promotion.
We take access and inclusion seriously. We are committed to making every event as accessible and inclusive as possible for all members of our community. If you have a specific access request, would like further information or want to provide any suggestions, we would love to hear from you!
What are the benefits of having a public declaration like this?
What does ‘as accessible and inclusive as possible’ tell you?
What does this statement say about the Festival and the people that organise it?
Is this something that you could do in your organisation?
Could you include other ways for people to contact you? Rather than just an email address?
Inviting a Conversation
Below are two different questions that YDAS asks young people when they register to get involved in activities or programs:
1) YDAS is committed to supporting your access needs so please list any that you may have
2) This is a list of common barriers and accessibility needs. Let us know if any of these apply to you or if you have an access need that isn’t listed.
- I use a mobility device like a wheelchair or walker and require accessible spaces
- I have low vision and require assistive devices.
- I am impacted by different types of lighting.
- I am Deaf, deaf, or hard of hearing and require assistive devices.
- I will be bringing a service animal.
- I will be attending these workshops with a support worker.
- I have a limited use of hands or arms.
- I have difficulties with speech and communication.
- I have difficulties with reading comprehension.
- I experience airborne reactions (allergies, chemicals, fragrances, etc.)
- I will need to take breaks during the workshops.
- My barriers or accessibility needs aren't listed.
How can the information gathered by questions like these be useful when planning or delivering activities?
What kind of message does it send participants if they see a question like these when they register for an event?
Write a list of pros and cons for the different ways of asking this question.
Is this something that you could implement in your organisation?