Getting the Message Across awards 2006

The National Information Forum’s Getting the Message Across awards acknowledge excellence and imagination in providing information to disabled people and others severely disadvantaged by lack of appropriate information.

The National Information Forum (NIF) held its 11th annual Getting the Message Across awards on 16 October. These awards acknowledge excellence and imagination in providing information to disabled people and others severely disadvantaged by lack of appropriate information.

DPPI was proud to be presented with the award in recognition of its two innovative new resources launched earlier this year as part of the sensory impairments project funded by the Big Lottery: the DVD A guide to pregnancy and childbirth for deaf parents and the pack Having a baby – a guide for visually impaired parents and professionals, available in various accessible formats. The DVD and pack have been reviewed in recent issues of this journal. Both resources have had good take-up since their launch, and are clearly meeting needs that had not been met before.

At the awards event, Claire Raynor gave the Guthrie Memorial Lecture, arguing for the needs of disabled people to be given greater consideration when public facilities are at the planning stage.

The awards were presented by the President of the National Information Forum, Ram Gidoomal CBE, who commended the DPPI resources, among other things, for their presentation and coverage, and for the involvement of visually impaired and deaf parents in their development and production.

The four other recipients of the award were Ricability for its car factsheets for disabled motorists, the Multiple Sclerosis Society for information about MS for newly diagnosed people, Hertfordshire Action on Disability for the provision of information on financial benefits through its mobile easier living centre, and BT plc’s Age and Disability Action Unit for its information about BT’s Broadband for All service.

New publications from DPPI

As the final part of the sensory impairment project funded by the Big Lottery, DPPI will be publishing further guides to support both deaf and visually impaired parents, both produced with input from these groups of parents and also relevant professionals and organisations through steering groups.

The good practice guide, Information for schools working with deaf parents, contains information to guide schools in working with deaf parents, including topics such as deaf awareness, communication support and the Disability Discrimination Act, involving deaf parents, and useful resources and organisations.

The new series of guides called School issues for visually impaired parents has three main guides and will be available in various accessible formats. The first two, Choosing and applying for schools and Supporting your child at school aim to provide information to visually impaired parents. The third guide, Information for schools and local authorities, offers information and checklists to assist professionals to consider how they enable and encourage visually impaired parents to be involved in their child’s education. The fourth guide, Useful resources and contacts, backs up the other three guides.

These new guides are due to be published at the end of February 2007. Please contact DPPI for further details on 0800 018 4730 or at info@dppi.org.uk.

First published in Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood international, Issue 56, Winter 2006/2007.

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