One thing that has been very important to me in my career, both as a social worker and as a health and wellness professional, is to be inclusive in my services.
This means doing my best to make resources accessible to those who seek them.
Part of responding to a community’s unmet needs is to look at health equity in the area. Is there equitable access and opportunity for all members of the community who may seek it?
According to ACE, the American Council of Exercise, the five pillars of equity and access to health include: economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and health. neighborhood environment.
This means that when we look at our community, whether local, county-wide, state-wide, national or international, we ask ourselves whether the people we serve have equal access in the areas listed above.
It is important that anyone seeking services feels that they are being offered inclusive services.
I’m working on building my yoga studio and looking for options to make it more accessible to people of all abilities.
I hope to get funding to build a wheelchair ramp and eventually install an accessible bathroom.
As community providers and as leaders, we need to break down barriers to accessing health and wellness resources. We need to explore the barriers that people in our community face, so that we can collaborate with the people we serve.
The client is always the expert of himself – of his specific needs and obstacles.
Part of the training I have received that helps me be a client-focused and inclusive yoga coach and teacher is my experience working with people diagnosed with a variety of disabilities, ranging from physical limitations to diagnosed severe and persistent mental illness.
I have also worked with people of all ages including children, teenagers, adults and seniors.
I have trained and taught yoga to people of all shapes and sizes.
I became a yoga teacher and social worker trained in trauma and I do my best to meet the specific needs of the person. The first thing we need to help someone achieve their goals is to listen.
If you are someone who has an obstacle, it is important to make your voice heard.
I saw recently that the Texas Office of Disability Services is having a stakeholder meeting on August 1st.
I encourage those of you who are diagnosed with a disability of any kind, or are a caregiver or service provider to someone so diagnosed, to register. Participate in the development of the independence plan.
A link is available to register for in-person or online participation in the one-day summit.
Liz Jones is the owner of Liz Jones Wellness LLC, in Hunt and Rockwall counties, and builds Jones Wellness Ranch north of Greenville. She can be reached at [email protected] or through her website at LizJones.co.