Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Making health information accessible for people with an intellectual disability

Project Main Description

People with an intellectual disability can experience communication difficulties, and these difficulties have been identified as a barrier to accessing and participating in health care. Accessible health-related information is important for supporting the best health outcomes for people with an intellectual disability.

The provision of ‘Easy Read’ or ‘Easy English’ information is advocated as an important form of accessibility. Easy Read materials adapt standard information into a briefer copy, which contains only the main points of information as well as pictures to assist with comprehension of the text. While there is a great deal of support from disability advocates, there is little consistent evidence about the design and effectiveness of easy read material. Easy Read health information is becoming more available, however, there is a lack of research that explores the impact of accessible information for people with an intellectual disability across their health journey, particularly the impact of accessible resources on health literacy to facilitate access and participation.

As such this project aims to consult with people with and intellectual disability and their family members and support networks about:

  1. The accessibility of health-related information for people with an intellectual disability across their health journey, and
  2. The type of resources that need to be developed and implemented to promote access and participation in the Australian health care system.

 

Consultation with family and support networks of people with an intellectual disability - Participant information and consent form

 

Consultation with people with an intellectual disability – Participant information and consent form

 

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