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Facilitated Discussion Program


The facilitated discussion program provides participants an opportunity to increase their knowledge and capacities to effectively respond to the specific needs of women with disabilities accessing breast cancer screening through reflective group discussion and dialogue.  A clinical leader or team of individuals leads the program and facilitates the discussion. 

Program Overview

The facilitated discussion is designed to be 1.5 hours in length.  It consists of a brief introduction/overview, viewing of a short disability education film, and review of disability education tip sheets and guides.  The film is 15 minutes in length, and provides education about the experience of mammography and how healthcare providers and women with disabilities can best communicate and work together during breast cancer screening.  The tip sheets provide more detailed information about how to communicate and interact with women with disabilities during breast cancer screening.  The facilitator then leads the participants through a series of reflective questions and group discussion. 


Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for the Facilitation Discussion Program are:
1.  Understand women with disabilities’ experiences of cancer screening.
2.  Learn effective collaboration and communication techniques for
     interactions with women with disabilities, their caregivers, and their
     attendants in a variety of clinical situations.
3.  Provide assistance to women with disabilities on an as-needed basis,
     in accordance with their professional scope and responsibilities.
4.  Reflect on common opportunities, challenges, and barriers to the
     introduction of best practices when working with women with
     disabilities, and strategize how these can be achieved in a variety of
     clinical situations.



The Facilitated Discussion Program  covers the following topics:
1.  Interacting with women with disabilities and their support workers.
2.  Negotiating accommodations specific to disability.
3.  Collaborating with women with disabilities to create an optimal   
      clinical encounter.
4.  Creative problem solving during novel care situations.


• Planning, Equipment and Resources

• Facilitator Instructions

• Disability Education Film

• Tip Sheets and Guides (One, Two, and Three)


Simulation Workshop/Immersive Learning

Short Presentations