2024 年国际正念会议

ICM:2024 洞察力--驾驭神经多样性 PT.3

我们的目标是使 2024 年国际正念大会尽可能广泛和方便地参与,包括欢迎神经变异的冥想者。探索神经多样性为正念的实践、教学和研究带来了新的视角。在这篇博客中,我们的 EDI 咨询小组中的一名神经变异者回答了有关神经多样性的问题,并解释了我们为创建一个神经变异者包容性会议所做的努力。

会议团队采取了哪些举措或行动来支持与会者的神经多样性?

 

神经多样性包容性会议设计相对较新,因此在 2024 年 8 月班戈国际正念会议召开之前,我们一直在研究一系列资源。我们认识到有必要保持灵活性,并随着新信息的出现不断学习。我们正在学习通用设计、残疾人融入和多元文化协议的原则。我们正在从其他会议组织者那里汲取灵感,例如 "创建具有根本包容性的基层活动的工具包"("A toolkit for creating radically inclusive grassroots events")。亚当斯等人,2023 年)赞助 科学与健康领域的平等、多样性和包容性 (EDIS),以及 EDIS 对举办包容性研讨会的思考 (克雷格,2024 年).我们意识到,神经分歧空间可能会过分强调白人、自闭症患者的兴趣和经历("neurodivergent spaces")。萨瑟兰等人,2024 年因此,我们正在努力实现广泛的包容性和交叉性。

以下是我们考虑过的资源和会议团队采取的行动的一些例子:

·  Accessible website design. We shared suggestions and inclusive design guidelines with the web design team (e.g. Pun, 2016; Frankowska-Takhari & Hassell, 2019). They reviewed the website and made changes such as including a transcript of the introductory video, removing dynamic graphics, and ensuring logos had easily accessible text explanations.

·  Early information on accessibility. There is an increasing amount of information about creating ND-inclusive physical environments (e.g. BBC, n.d.; ASAN, 2021; Napolitano, 2023). The conference team created a web page with an explicit commitment to inclusion, details of the conference venues and links to venue accessibility information. Participants have been invited to contact the organising team if they have particular support needs

·  Creating a safe space. The inclusion advisory group pooled information on creating psychological safety including what it means to be ND-affirming (e.g. Hartman et al., 2024). Conference organisers are considering how to support everyone to turn up authentically and to feel welcome and supported whether online or in-person.

·  Raising Awareness. Our presence on the inclusion advisory group helps amplify the need to hear from neurodivergent voices when planning not only this conference but the work of the Mindfulness NetworkBangor University’s Mindfulness Centre going forward.

We will not get everything right and ask participants for their patience and support. We are supporting our conference team to be realistic and transparent. We aim to learn continuously during the conference, review and get feedback, and pass lessons learned to the organisers of future events.

 

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