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New accessible resources now available

BCNA News 07 Jul 2017

BCNA has developed a suite of new resources in a range of accessible formats for people living with a disability or with low English literacy.

You can find these new resources on the Accessible resources page, where they can be downloaded as a PDF document, viewed in HTML, streamed in audio, or ordered as a hard copy.

The resources are part of BCNA’s ongoing commitment to providing inclusive and accessible information to all people diagnosed with breast cancer and their supporters. 

These new formats include Easy English and audio, which are designed for people who require one or both of these formats. Easy English is a simple language style that presents key information without too much detail.

The Easy English fact sheets and audio recordings have been adapted from existing BCNA fact sheets and include:

  • Anxiety, depression and breast cancer (Feeling sad or worried)
  • Bone health and breast cancer
  • Lymphoedema
  • Sleepless nights: breast cancer and sleep.

As part of BCNA’s disability and inclusion strategy these resources were developed in consultation with people living with a disability and a diagnosis of breast cancer, their carers and health professionals.

The consultation uncovered that for people living with a disability and a diagnosis of breast cancer, there are often a range of additional challenges. It was also identified that there is a need for more inclusive information and support in a range of formats, including Easy English and audio.

[I needed] information that I could refer to at any point by myself without having to have somebody else to read it. – Susan   

These resources build on BCNA’s existing bilingual booklets and audio files, which include the plain English pack for people with low English literacy or who speak a different language to those currently available.

BCNA is also working on a range of video resources where people with disabilities, carers and health professionals will share their experiences. These videos aim to help reduce stigma for people with a disability and to assist health professionals understand some of the issues that women with disabilities may face. Please keep checking back to our website for the launch of the videos.

If you have any questions regarding the resources, please call BCNA on 1800 500 258.