Sustainable and equitable access to information for people with disabilities and their families/carers
What I have seen that is working very effectively in regards to access to information and representation is that we have an Australian Senator in a minor party who has a lived experience with disability. He had started (before COVID) a Facebook Group 'Accessible Australia' that enabled access and flow of ideas within the group and a means for him to use that information to them push the government for change.
One key example of this was the push that he made to get all leadership updates to include Sign (Auslan) interpretors. He has also addressed issues with supermarkets and put pressure on the government in regards to the stimulus packages.
We are also hearing truthful, honest, raw and real messages from him daily. They are unscripted, honest and awesome. We don't always hear what we want to hear but we hear the truth. We hear messages about being safe also for people with disability, older people and indigenous.
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In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?
It has meant that I have better access to information that relates to the care of my children and how I interact with government agencies that support them including the National Disability Insurance Scheme
In what ways did you share this information?
Verbally and via social media
What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?
How ill government agencies, medical services and other bodies cope with people who have increased needs during a crisis. Will people with disabilities be not considered for life saving treatment (or deprioritised compare to able people) if those treatments have to be rationed.
What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?
People with Disability especially the extremes inc people have very substantial support needs with intellectual disability and developmental (eg Autism).
We are not considering people who use nonstandard means for communication. This includes those that are nonspeaking and use AAC devices to communicate.