• 17Sep

    Accessible Health Information: closing the gap for people with a disability

    What does ‘accessible’ information mean? What are the challenges experienced by people with a disability when trying find and use health information and support? How can we address these barriers in the services and resources we provide?

    People with a disability often experience poorer health and poorer healthcare than the general population. Too often health information reinforces these inequalities rather than helping to break them down.

    We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the PiF ‘Accessing Health Information: Closing the gap for people with a disability’ event on Thursday 26 November 2015, to be held at The Studio, Manchester.

    On 24 June 2015, the new ‘accessible information standard’ was approved by the Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI). The standard tells organisations how they should ensure that disabled patients, service users and, where appropriate, carers and parents, receive information in formats that they can understand, and that they receive appropriate support to help them to communicate.

    The event will hear from NHS England on the development and implementation of the accessible information standard. Speakers will also join us from Sense, the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    The event will be interactive and practically focussed, and we hope participants will gain:

    • Increased awareness of the challenges experiences by people with a disability when accessing health information
    • Increased awareness of standards and guidelines for improving accessibility of health information for people with a disability
    • Increased awareness of different approaches and formats for creating health information that is accessible for people with a disability

    This one day event costs £100+VAT to attend for PIF members, and £175+VAT for non-members.

    The draft agenda for the day, along with how to register to attend can be found here.