Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tuesday, 23 March Webinar: Reaching Out to People with Disabilities

15:00-16:00 Eastern / 19:00-20:00 GMT (60 minutes)

Cost: $15 USD
Registration closes on Monday, 22 March

Join us for a presentation by Terry Williams / MAZE Consulting on Reaching Out to People with Disabilities.

This session rescheduled from the Including the Excluded Online Conference.

“Reaching Out to People with Disabilities”
Many stakeholder engagement practitioners are challenged by the difficulty of ensuring inclusion of the disenfranchised and hard-to-reach in public consultations. This session offers some insight into the complexities of reaching out to people with disabilities, and provides suggestions for supporting involvement of a considerable segment of our society that is often not well-represented in public participation activities. Three major aspects of working with people with disabilities are discussed: the invitation (reaching out), understanding the range of disabilities that may be encountered and criteria to be considered when selecting a venue and planning the event.

All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Terry’s handbook, Enhancing the Public Participation Experience of Persons with Disabilities.

About Terry Williams, B.A. M.C.S. / MAZE Consulting
Terry is a senior member of MAZE Consulting, with over 20 years experience in the fields of social research, communications, and public engagement. Her work has involved client-centered project design and research methodologies that include statistical analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

As a consultant she has worked on a variety of public participation projects and is a member of the International Association of Public Practitioners serving as a board member on the Wild Rose Chapter of that organization for several years.

MAZE Consulting projects have ranged from strategic planning to policy development and visioning processes. One of these projects focused on the development of a policy framework that established the City of Calgary’s roles and responsibilities with regard to persons with disabilities. The project resulted in a Corporate Accessibility Policy, which ensures that persons with disabilities have the right and opportunity to access any City of Calgary-sponsored service, program, facility, or public engagement event. After completion of this project, Terry’s ongoing interest in supporting and encouraging increased access for persons with disabilities led to the development of a facilitators’ handbook, “Enhancing the Public Participation Experience of Persons with Disabilities”.
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