Disability Awareness DISABILITY AWARENESS The Need for Continuous Self

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					DISABILITY AWARENESS

         The Need for
         Continuous Self-
         Reflection
OUR SAC PANEL

   Heather McClure

   Eric Huggins

   Trish Seitz
THE SELF-ADVOCACY CONNECTION
OF METRO LOUISVILLE


    MISSION: SAC is an organization directed by
     Kentuckians with developmental disabilities,
     including intellectual disabilities, committed to
     working in partnership to promote equal rights,
     inclusion, self-advocacy, support, and
     education in all realms of life.
DISABILITY AWARENESS

   Keeping your own personal biases and beliefs
    in check

   Constant inventory of yourself and your actions
AREN’T DSPs ALREADY AWARE?

    Big Brother contestant that is a PR manager
     for an autism group wanted to use prize money
     to open a salon, "so them retards can
     get it together and get their hair done."

    Defended himself by saying he can use that
     language because he works with the
     population.
Possible Growth Areas for DSPs

   Do you ALWAYS use People First Language?
   Do you talk about clients in their presence?
   Do you complete tasks for clients that they may be
    able to learn to do independently?
   If you do not understand a client do you just smile
    and nod to avoid an uncomfortable situation?
   How often do you use the term “behavior” and how
    do you assess these “behaviors” you see in
    clients?
Activities


   Communication:
    –   How successful are you at relaying information from
        your clients to healthcare professionals?
    –   How difficult is it to communicate sentences without
        words?
Activities (cont’d)

   Mental Abilities
    –   Shape activity


   Physical Abilities
    –   Tie your shoe with one hand
    –   Hold a stack of paper and hand out one at a time
    –   Open a jar with one hand
SAC Panel Discussion

   What do DSPs mean in their life?
   If they could tell DSPs one thing what would it
    be?

				
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