If you wish to consult with or engage members of a disability employee network, you need to ensure you are designing with people, not for them. It is important to seek feedback from people with different backgrounds, knowledge and abilities.
When you engage with Disability Employee Networks:
- Know the networks are different sizes and have different roles in agencies. It’s best to check with DEN chairs first
- Be flexible. Give plenty of time. Have lots of different ways for people to contribute, based on what suits them best. Be comfortable making adjustments as you go.
Be accessible. Use the accessibility checker and write in plain English (this is better for everyone). For more tips, go to the Accessibility NSW Toolkit.
If you are consulting with a Disability Employee Network, follow these key principles:
- Be transparent with what you are doing, why and when. Share power and decision making.
- Understand and acknowledge the history of previous actions/decisions
- Elevate lived experience, people with lived experience are at the centre.
- Value everyone’s experiences, everyone has something to teach and learn, everyone is curious.
- Create a safe, inclusive and accessible space.
- Test your ideas with diverse users.