Disability Equality Training

What is the difference between Disability Awareness and Disability Equality Training?

Disability Awareness Training or Disability Equality Training are different in their approach.

On the whole, Disability Awareness Training tends to focus on the individual impairment or condition and will often use simulation exercises (such as putting people in wheelchairs or blindfolding them) to encourage non-disabled people to have an idea of what it may be like to have that specific disability. Their trainer may discuss medical details, which may be connected with specific conditions, and will cover issues such as etiquette and language.

Someone may offer the training with no personal experience of disability.

Disability Equality Training explores the concept of people being disabled by society’s barriers and attitudes, highlighting the role of the organisation in the removal of those barriers and in the changing of attitudes. The training may include an element of ‘awareness’ – customer care, etiquette and appropriate language for instance – but it is unlikely that simulation exercises will be used, save perhaps as a means of illustrating particular barriers.

The training will always be provided by a person with personal experience of disability.

What can it do for you?

To ensure that they provide the best customer and employee service possible, many organisations have recognised that staff at all levels need to be better informed about disability issues, including the sort of practical issues which might arise in the context of both work and service provision. These organisations are likely to benefit greatly from disability equality training, which will extend their knowledge of and capacity to capitalise on the value that disabled customers and employees bring to their organisation.

Investing in Disability Equality Training will ensure that your staff are informed and knowledgeable on Basic Issues surrounding Disability Equality. It will give participants the opportunity to discuss barriers in their own environment and how to overcome them. It will also inform participants about their obligations under certain legislation, for example the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and the Human Rights Act.

Your Training can be specifically tailored to your organisations needs and may include modules selected from the following:

  • Basic Disability Equality – Looking at definitions, the history of discrimination, models of disability, terminology and culture
  • Access – Physical access, sensory access, and financial access
  • Recruitment – The Law, how to encourage disabled applicants, appropriate interview techniques, where to advertise, equipment and access, PACT services & myths around disabled employees
  • Policy into practice – How to construct equal opportunities policies that can really wors, monitoring & evaluation
  • Marketing and publicity – Creating information for specific markets, accessibility, media and public relations etc.

And much more …

For further information on Disability Equality Training please contact our office.

Tel: 01482 878778
Fax: 01482 370999
Email: office@choicesandrights.org.uk