Hopkins Hour: Creating systems that increase dignified experiences for people with disability

Thank you to everyone who joined the virtual Hopkins Hour event on Wednesday 18 May 2022, with invited speakers presenting on 'Creating systems that increase dignified experiences for people with disability: two years of the Dignity Project'.

Presented by The Hopkins Centre researchers Kelsey Chapman and Angel Dixon OAM, they shared understandings gained through The Dignity Project, as well as key results and recommendations for action by policymakers and service providers. We also heard from a multi-disciplinary panel, sharing different perspectives on each project recommendation, what dignity means to them, and how to ensure dignified experiences in practice.

The project research has uncovered four core strategies, that were shared, that will help ensure that individual encounters in complex systems are dignified. More than this,  these strategies will help design the very system- places, programs, and policies- which will support dignified encounters and experiences. The four steps you need to take are:

1. Eliminate or minimise access barriers through the use of Universal Design.
2. Improve system navigation and sense-making with information that is accessible and inclusive.
3. Improve training and support for frontline staff to create cultures of empathy and dignity.
4. Create spaces for the expression of voice, choice and independence for people with disability.

For those who missed the live event, you can view the video recording below, along with other accessible event resources on our website.

Event video recording

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PowerPoint Presentation

If you have missed any of the Hopkins Hour online research seminars, please view our gallery of videos on the website: www.hopkinscentre.edu.au/researchvideogallery

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