Yours, Mine or OURS? The Shared Responsibility of Providing Disability Competent Care
All child life specialists will encounter patients and families with disabilities. As with any other cultural group, child life specialists need to be prepared to provide culturally-competent care individualized to the needs of these patients and families. This interactive presentation will provide a brief history of disability culture along with concrete strategies to equip and empower child life clinicians to provide disability-competent care.
Discuss culturally competent care and identify how this translates into caring for individuals with disabilities.
the current state of disability in the U.S. and the importance of disability competence.
Explore several disability-competent care strategies to their work as child life specialists.
Emily Jones works as a Child Life Specialist III with the Adaptive Care Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her work includes providing individualized education, preparation, procedural support, and therapeutic play to meet the psychosocial needs of patients with specific developmental and behavioral needs and their families in the health care setting. She collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to adapt health care encounters to meet the unique needs of patients with developmental and behavioral challenges. She is also part of Cincinnati Children’s Bioethics Committee, which provides help with resolving ethical issues following a bioethics consult requested by patient families, medical center staff, or community-based caregivers. Emily earned her master’s of science in psychology at Lipscomb University and her master’s of education in child studies from Vanderbilt University and has been working as a Certified Child Life Specialist for over four years.