Diversity, Disability, D/deaf Awareness, Visual Impairment Awareness and Deafblind Awareness Training:
I provide Diversity Awareness, Disability Awareness, Deaf Awareness, Visual Impairment Awareness and Deafblind Awareness
I would hope to explore in more detail:
I will always train to the needs of an individual or organisation, but my courses will all generally cover diversity and
disability, using a framework of models and legislation. I will cover the experience of sensory impairment: what it means and
how it affects people, the causes, information formats, methods of communication and mobility. The focus of my training is
from an individual perspective, rather than from a medical approach.
Acknowledging diversity means people should not be treated less favourably based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, sexual orientation, disability and illness. The
training focuses on people’s right to have equal opportunities and equal access to services and facilities. This includes leisure and social activities, education,
employment, housing and access to their local community.
The training will explore issues around impaired mobility, dexterity, sight, hearing, sight and hearing, intellectual and cognitive impairment and long term illnesses both
physical and mental.
Barriers can be physical, environmental and attitudinal. The training will discuss these and look at ways to remove and reduce them. It will cover physical access to
buildings, lifts and ramps, dropped curbs and tactile indication, information in alternative formats and communication methods. Additionally, it will challenge negative
attitudes; for example, presuming that someone is less able to do a specific activity, participate in society or hold down a job.
Deafness is very varied with each individual having varying degrees of hearing loss - not everyone is totally deaf. The training will explore the various causes of hearing
impairment and the differences people experience. It will also provide an awareness of the various information formats including video. I will provide information about
access in the physical environment, including loop systems, alerting devices and textphones. I will discuss various communication methods and teach basic finger-spelling
Visual Impairment Awareness:
Blindness is very varied with each individual having varying degrees of sight loss - not everyone is totally blind. The training will explore the various causes of visual
impairment and the differences people experience. It will also provide an awareness of the various information formats including large print, audio and Braille. Also the
various access technologies available including screen magnification, screen readers and Braille displays. I will teach basic guiding skills and also information about
guide dog mobility.
Deafblindness is very varied with each individual having varying degrees of sight and hearing loss - not everyone is totally deaf and totally blind. I will explore the
various causes of deafblindness and the different degrees people experience.
The training will focus on the issues and awareness needed around accessing information, communication and mobility. It will cover the many information formats including
Large print, audio, Braille and video. It will provide an awareness of the different communication methods and I will teach communication methods including basic deafblind
manual signing skills. It will explain the use of red and white cane and harness and teach basic guiding skills.
My training style:
I believe training should have clear aims, objectives and outcomes that are tailored to the needs of the people learning. My training style is based on the use of personal
experience and active participant involvement. I value evaluation and feedback and use these to inform and improve my training.
Why is this training important?
Training and increasing people’s awareness are important in their own right. However, additionally the Equality Act 2010 (which replaces the Disability Discrimination Act 2005)
puts a duty on organisations to ensure that someone is not discriminated against or put at a ‘substantial disadvantage’ because of their disability or illness. It states that
all services, organisations, education providers and employers must make ‘reasonable adjustment’ to provide an individual with equal opportunity and access to services and the
physical environment. The awareness that my training offers is the foundation to ensuring equal opportunities and equal access.