Description: This output will outline the importance of building up the inclusive communication awareness campaign, bearing in mind the specific situation of the society in each partner’s countries. Through this guide youth workers will be able to follow suggested action plan for the organisation of the campaign as well as access to materials justifying the need for such campaigns.
The guide is an ongoing piece of work which will be fine-tuned throughout the project’s duration, using an iterative testing approach. For example, by consultation with a focus group from the national advisory board members, and l by piloting with the project target groups.
The four major sections will be:
Section I: Communication as a key factor for the youth awareness towards disabilities and the special needs of youths with disabilities.
Section II: Embracing society: social, environmental, or ethical issues that youth workers should consider.
Section III: Organisation of the campaigns – actions, resources and activities.
Section IV: Gathering feedback and measuring the impact of the elaborated campaigns
Description: Disability awareness means educating people regarding disabilities, and giving people the knowledge required to carry out a job or task. It highlights good practice. It is no longer enough just to know that disability discrimination is unlawful.
Young people with hidden disabilities often do not feel like they belong within the disability community because they are not considered to be “disabled enough” to fit into the group. Youths with hidden disabilities are caught between not being fully accepted as people without disabilities, and not being recognised as having “real” disabilities.
The handbook will not only focus on communication skills related to the most common types of disabilities, but will also address the communication difficulties experienced by people with less commonly encountered disabilities address such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Most people have limited experience of working with, or being in contact with, people with disabilities. Their beliefs and attitudes regarding disability may have been informed by negative perceptions or incorrect assumptions and the handbook aims to counter this.
Preliminary structure of the handbook chapters:
Chapter I: General tips for communicating with people with a disability.
Chapter II: Communicating with people with physical disabilities.
Chapter III: Communicating with people with a vision impairment.
Chapter IV: Communicating with people with a hearing impairment.
Description: The Inclusive Communication Peer Support Hub is aimed at anyone with an interest in improving their inclusive communication tools and processes, especially in regarding the youth community. The Hub aims to promote inclusion and accessibility in its content and structure. Throughout the Hub the user will find helpful resources in the library; case studies and blogs from individuals and organisations; details of training and the latest news on inclusive communication. The Hub will also provide tools and guidance on how to make information and youth trainings accessible. Remember – the concept of inclusive communication is straightforward: make everything easy to access and simple to understand, and your message will go further.