Re: [BCAB] AN EXAMPLE OF NOT THINKING ACCESSIBILITY THROUGH Jackie Cairns 07 Sep 2011 14:51 BST
Hi Steve My ex husband was in that exact situation four years or so ago. But when he rang up to ask how he could actually perform the task, they sent him some special paper that he could wipe himself with, or put excrement on, then seal it in an envelope. Although it was a bit fiddly, he managed it. Because I had an intestinal bleed due to anti-inflamatories which I took for my back problems some years ago, I had to have a regular test to ensure that everything had healed, and that no blood was passing through my bowel. So I had to fill three little bottles with a tiny shovel of excrement, and screw up the lid. This was easier than your method, but you are right, it should be more clearly explained, and patients in our situation should be given appropriate help where necessary with alternative equipment. My sense of humour is dying to explode, so all I can say is that where there's a will, there's a wopper!! Kind Regards, Jackie Cairns -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Steve Bingham Sent: 07 September 2011 09:01 To: 'BCAB Discussion List' Subject: [BCAB] AN EXAMPLE OF NOT THINKING ACCESSIBILITY THROUGH Hi all I recently reached the age of 60 and one of the gifts you receive from the government on reaching this landmark is a request to take part in the bowel cancer screening programme. You first receive a letter telling about the programme and it also mentions that the instructions for using the testing kit are available in braille or in an audible format. So you request the instruction in braille. A quick read suggests that it is going to be very difficult or impossible to carry out the test. In due course the test kit arrives. It consists of little wooden sticks and a card with three little windows that are effectively slides for viewing under a microscope. What you are supposed to do is collect poo and then use the little wooden sticks to smear it on to the little slides. You have to do it without touching the poo because that could contaminate it. I rang the query number and suggested that a totally blind person could not actually do the job. The person I spoke to said that they could not see why not the instructions were perfectly simple. I am afraid I told them to have a go doing it blindfold. I have written to explain the difficulty but this was four months ago and I have not received a reply. How much would you have to pay someone to do this for you - I asked my MP this when I wrote to highlight my concerns about changes to DLA. He ignored this specific point! There is a lot more to inclusion than just providing the instructions in alternative formats. You do need to think things through but as with the marketing questions that came up yesterday it seems that once you have done the alternative formats the problem is solved. Steve -- To find out more about BCAB and the benefits that membership can bring, please visit our website: http://www.bcab.org.uk/ To manage your subscription to the BCAB mailing list, please visit our website: http://www.bcab.org.uk/bcab-discussion-list/ To discuss matters relating to the mailing list, please email email@example.com.