Disability workshop to breakdown barriers between staff and patients

Southern DHB staff play the ‘Accessibility Game’ with ‘That Blind Woman’ Julie Woods.
Southern DHB staff play the ‘Accessibility Game’ with ‘That Blind Woman’ Julie Woods.
Southern DHB is collaborating with ‘That Blind Woman’ Julie Woods to pilot ‘The Accessibility Game’ – a two-part workshop to raise awareness of disability and provide front-facing staff with the tools to help people with disabilities have a positive experience when accessing health services.

The one hour workshops will cover off everything from defining disability versus impairment; appropriate language to use; the barriers people with disabilities are faced with when using health services; and the number one question to ask someone with a disability.

“The Accessibility Game is a disability awareness tool aimed at connecting the health sector with the disability sector,” says the Accessibility Game facilitator AKA ‘That Blind Woman’, Julie Woods.

“The workshop is based on the ‘why not’ game I created when I turned 20 years blind in 2017. Saying “why not” is something I learned early on as a blind person when I turned down the chance to go cross-country skiing, and realised afterwards I should have said “why not”.

Julie has adapted the game to include 20 disability-related questions the players have to say “why not” to. She will also include a real live scenario based on an appointment she had with the eye department at Dunedin Public Hospital earlier this year.

“I want the staff to learn what the barriers are to accessing a health service and more specifically, what they can do to enable better access to their service,” says Julie.


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