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Moving toward change, embracing reasonable adjustment

Moving toward change, embracing reasonable adjustment

Welcome back for Week 3 of the course. In the video above, Eilish spoke about the importance of embracing reasonable adjustment, and mentioned the following practical resources in the video. Take some time to look through these resources which may help you to implement reasonable adjustment in your workplace.

Perform an annual health check

Initiate an annual health check for people with an intellectual disability. This will help you to be proactive in identifying health needs as they appear.

Develop a health check passport

An easy read passport will help keep key information at hand. Clinic or hospital appointments are captured, as well as individual needs and key information is conveyed to all health care workers.

Identify the experts

Are there specialists trained in intellectual disability, such as an ‘Intellectual Disability Liaison Nurse’, who may be available to consult with? This can be a useful contact and support for all.

Promote education among your professional colleagues

As the phrase goes “Through Education, Change Can Occur”. Here are some relevant research articles you may wish to share with your colleagues about improving care for people with an intellectual disability.

Adopt the values of reasonable adjustment in your practice

In doing so, you can raise awareness with your colleagues and acknowledge the different healthcare needs and barriers that exist for people with intellectual disability:

Reflecting on these resources

  • Have you used any of these resources or applications before in your practice?
  • Do you think they would be useful? Why / why not?
  • Are there barriers that would you face in implementing a health check passport, for example?
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