Health Education Resources: Health Literacy

“Health Learning and People With Disabilities” by Shelley Hourston
on the access to learning Canada website

Canadian Council on Learning – Health Learning and People With Disabilities

 

Format             Online article

 

Originally published in the Forum department of Abilities, Issue 71 (Fall 2006), pp. 44-45, this article is the first in a series commissioned by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) on issues related to disabilities and to the themes of its five Knowledge Centres: Aboriginal Learning, Adult Learning, Early Childhood Learning, Health and Learning, and Work and Learning. The goal of this series is to raise awareness of learning challenges facing Canadians with disabilities and identify practices that enhance their opportunities to learn.  This article looks at ways to help Canadians with disabilities gain the health information they need to improve their quality of life and discusses physical barriers, low literacy skills, societal barriers, personal barriers, and solutions.           

 

Contact URL    http://www.accesstolearning.ca/index.php?view=article&id=72%3Acanadian-council-on-learning-health-learning-and-people-with-disabilities&option=com_content&Itemid=61

 

Contact Agency      

British Columbia Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD

204-456 W. Broadway

Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R3

(604) 875-0188

Toll Free 1-800-663-1278      

 

 

“Health Literacy Consulting” 

 

Helen Osborne, founder and president               

 

Format             Organization          

 

Health Literacy Consulting helps individuals and organizations communicate health information to patients, families, and employees in an understandable way through a range of services, products, and resources including:  a free monthly e-newsletter, workshops and keynote presentations, plain language writing and editing services, health literacy tips, articles, books, audio cds, a health literacy month website, and health literacy out loud podcasts.  Online articles include using visuals in communicating, communication about health with American Sign Language, and how to insure that a website is accessible to people with disabilities.

 

Contact URL    http://www.healthliteracy.com/default.asp

 

Contact Agency      

Health Literacy Consulting

31 Highland Street, Suite 201

Natick, MA 01760

(508) 653-1199

 

 

“Health Literacy and People with Disabilities” by Shelley Hourston           

 

Literacies Journal

 

Format             Online article             

 

This article describes the work of the British Columbia Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD), which has helped people with disabilities access information and services for over twenty-five years through a number of different programs and projects.  The article outlines what people with disabilities have told the BCCPD about the most common issues and concerns about health literacy and the barriers they face in accessing services, including problems with literacy skills, societal barriers, personal barriers, and disability-specific barriers.

 

Contact URL    http://www.literacyjournal.ca/literacies/4-2004/pdf/hourston.pdf

 

Contact Agency      

British Columbia Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD

204-456 W. Broadway

Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R3

(604) 875-0188
Toll Free 1-800-663-1278

 

 

“Promoting Health Literacy to Promote Healthy Athletes”

 

Healthy Athletes Newsletter of the Special Olympics, Spring, 2007    

 

Format             Online article             

 

On March 16 and 17, 2007, a conference on health literacy for people with intellectual disabilities brought together representatives from all seven Special Olympics Healthy Athletes disciplines, as well as interested academic experts and other community-based organizations to learn from health literacy experts and discuss improving health information for athletes and their families. Prior to the conference, an athlete focus group was held in Potomac, MD; seven Special Olympics athletes ranging in age from 22 to 45 years old and representing diverse living situations shared their thoughts about how they receive health information. Major outcome goals for this health literacy discussion were to establish a common understanding of:  the definition of health literacy, issues related to literacy for people with intellectual disabilities, and techniques and strategies that work to promote understanding and action for this target audience.  The overall consensus was that the tangible suggestions, ideas, and strategies that were discussed can help turn Special Olympics programs into model programs promoting health literacy for people with intellectual disabilities.

           

Contact URL                          http://info.specialolympics.org/Special+Olympics+Public+Website/English/Initiatives/Healthy_Athletes/Healthy_Athletes_Newsletter/Spring+2007/Promoting+Health+Literacy.htm                          

 

Contact Agency      

Special Olympics

1133 19th Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20036 USA

(202) 628-3630