Friday, 29 August 2014

Keep Calm for Disability Awareness


This week the team have focused on touching up our knowledge on disability in preparation for our final awareness-raising events over the next two weeks. The team turned to the expert knowledge of Blake who put together a presentation hoping to help improve our knowledge, which he accomplished with flying colours! But instead of hearing me (Blake) jabber on, this is what the volunteers learnt after being presented with the much anticipated PowerPoint “Keep Calm for Disability Awareness”.

Blake’s presentation has taught me the importance of championing disability rights, whether in the workplace or at university, to ensure that everybody has fair and equal access to all opportunities on offer. If we change our perspective and start to see disability not just in terms of health but in terms of our environment it becomes clear that simple changes can lead to greater accessibility for all. I’m looking forward to using my Action at Home as a platform to advocate for disability rights when I return to university.

After this week’s disability awareness training it has been very interesting to hear about different disabilities, which has allowed me to expand my knowledge and help me understand individual’s disabilities. It has also made me realise just how important it is for every individual person to demonstrate that they value diversity.

Ce fut une session très enrichissante pour moi, car il m’a permis d’élargir mon horizon sur le handicap. Ainsi, j’ai appris davantage sur les infirmités motrices cérébrales, aussi la présentation à porter sur comment se comporter quand on est face de personnes en situation de handicap, qu’il fallait par exemple avoir de la patience, faire attention au vocabulaire que l’on utilise et œuvrer  à les mettre en confiance afin de faciliter la collaboration. Il faut donc, accorder l’attention à la personne, et non au handicap car au final tous sont capable de faire quelque chose.

I found Blake’s session to be a truly enriching experience which deepened my knowledge about disability. I learnt more about conditions such as cerebral palsy, and advice about interacting with people who have disabilities; about being patient, paying attention to the vocabulary I use, and working to put people at ease in order to work better together. The most important thing is to pay attention to the person, not their disability, because ultimately we are all capable of making a valuable contribution.

Ce vendredi 29 août 2014, équipe de HSB avons eu à décortiquer sous la direction de Blake un document projeté sur image concernant les différents type et forme de handicape ainsi que les conduites à tenir devant situation. On a vu par exemple le cas du système PECS (Picture exchange communication système) ou les cartes portant les images des différents repas sont partages aux enfants atteints d’autisme. Ainsi chaque enfant choisi la carte portant son repas préfère qu’il remette à l’assistant social qui lui sert.

This Friday, Blake brought together the HSB team in front of an in-depth PowerPoint presentation to explore different types of disability and how to interact with people with disabilities. We looked at the PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) whereby image cards are used by children with disabilities as a method of communication. For example, cards that have pictures of different foods are given to children at lunch time so they can pick their favourite meal by giving the image card to the dinner lady.

I really enjoyed Blake's session; it was a great way for the team to share their ideas and we were all really grateful for Blake's detailed knowledge about disability. The discussion about invisible disabilities was really eye-opening, especially thinking about this in the context of Burkina Faso.

La session de formation dispensée par notre collègue m’a permis de mieux m’outiller pour avoir plus d’efficacité dans la bataille pour un mieux-être des personnes en situation de handicap. J’ai ainsi pu un éclaircissement sur certains termes techniques utilisés par les spécialistes pour identifier certains cas de handicap. J’ai aussi eu plus d’information quant à la manière de se comporter en présence de personnes en situation de handicap. Cher amis la plus grande leçon de ce jour était que la personne en situation de handicap est avant tout une personne et chacun d’entre nous a un handicap petit ou grand.

The disability training has better equipped me to fight for the wellbeing of people living with a disability. I was also able to deepen my knowledge on the finer technical terms that are used by specialists to identify certain types of disability. Furthermore, I learnt more about how to interact with people with a disability. But the most important message that came out of the session was that a person with a disability, is above all, a person, and we have to recognise that teach and every one of us has a disability large or small.

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