Consulting people with disability need not be scary or difficult. Not if it is planned well. Yes, of course it takes time, but all consultation takes time. But it is always worth it because it saves time in rectifications later.
The United Nations Inclusion Strategy has guidelines for consulting persons with disabilities. The main guideline document is very detailed and links with the UN Convention Indicator 5. It covers representative organisations, when to consult, and how to do it. Thankfully there is an Easy Read version too.
The Easy Read version encapsulates the key information. The importance of consulting, taking part in decisions, and working with representative organisations are covered. There are links to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals with the promise of “leave no one behind”.
One key point in this version is that people with disability should be involved in decisions about everything – not just things to do with disability.