My Communication M.A.P.S.

Before I press  “Call” or “Send” to start communicating, I check my M.A.P.S.

Method – Audience – Purpose – Self-Reflection M.A.P.S.

Method – The best way to communicate, text, email, face-to-face, or a phone call ?

Audience – Who are they & how well do I know them?

Purpose – Why am I doing this?

Self-Reflection – Am I in the right headspace to start communicating?

The first step before I send an email or make that phone call is to run this checklist in my mind.

Most of us feel okay when it comes to communicating to different people, however, in the disability space right now, things are changing, as there are more players from different backgrounds who have different agendas.

We maybe advocating, promoting or simply looking for services that meets the needs of people with disabilities.

Whatever the reason is for communicating, it has to be effective.

Communicating from a wheelchair, being a Justice of the Peace & my interest in multiculturalism has been a great way for me to build on my effective communication technique.

A friend of mine Zen, & I have set up Empower Your English (EYE).

Our initial thoughts were that EYE would benefit culturally diverse consumers, however we are noticing that there is an interest from others who want to hear our individual communication approach that we use.

Our website eyenow.melbourne will give you more information about our workshops & when they are.

Stop Here, Reduce Your Anxiety

Excuse me, can you tell me where we are”?

As a wheelchair user on a crowded train, no way can I tell when I am approaching my train stop.

Innovation that gives people more confidence & can reduces anxiety when using public transport is fantastic 

The Stop Here mobile phone app is for commuters using Melbourne Metropolitan trains.

This app gives Audio & Visual notification from your mobile phone when you are arriving at your desired train station.

Yes that’s right, it’s a GPS type technology that helps us train travellers.

This app would also be useful for people from other countries where English as a Second Language (ESL) or from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background.

Missing your train stop can be a real “Anxiety Trigger” when alternative methods of transport are limited.

So even if you may not use it yourself, why wouldn’t you put it on your phone to show others who could benefit?

Never was picked up from respite, yes relinquishment is still happening

Over 50 families relinquish their children with a disability in Victoria every year is a very sad statistic. (Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission Report Desperate Measures-May 2012)

These kids are normally in their late teens, as they transition from school to “where to from here?”

It’s really important that we keep this topic alive, because it’s not going away.

The Desperate Measures Report mentions 23 potential risk factors for relinquishment, and I’ll put it out there & say, it wouldn’t be hard to add extra 10 in this current climate.

The key point to remember is that the National Disability Insurance Scheme was never attended to be a “fix for all”

I’m suggesting that greater engagement with the “new blood” coming into existing professions such as counsellors and social workers needs to happen.

Innovative organisations like “Microboards” could also be considered in some cases, look at their website for more information.

Relinquishment was suggested to my parents when I was born, by a nurse who said “there are special places for babies like this.”My mother quickly replied, “I know, its our home…”