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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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