"Disability with a life"
DWAL has been incorporated into Single Equality Training and Consultancy (SETC) in response to the national move towards Single Equality.
However, at SETC we are adamant that DWAL should continue to operate as a specialist ‘user led’ provider, and therefore the principal trainer, Jack Moore, and all associated trainers are disabled people who have embraced the Social Model of Disability, which forms the basis of the training and consultancy.
The Equality Act 2010 has introduced key changes in disability legislation including the definition (removal of categories for determining disability), introduction of ‘indirect discrimination’ and ‘discrimination arising from disability’, harmonising definition of ‘reasonable adjustments’, restricting pre-employment health questions – to name but a few. DWAL training brings you and your organisation right up to date in terms of disability equality and understanding.The Social Model identifies that it is the barriers - physical, attitudinal and institutional - present in society that prevent Disabled People from taking part in everyday life. That is to say that impairment is not actually the problem. If access is correct, whilst the impairment may still exist, there is no disability.
The most popular workshop, with consistently positive feedback, is Disability Equality and Awareness.
- In common with all our training courses, no two will be identical as they are tailored and adapted to the needs of the client.
- Courses can be half day (0930-1230 and 1330-1630) or a more comprehensive full day (0930-1600) depending on the course content and client/delegate group.
The Aims of the Workshop
Attending and participating in this course will enable delegates to communicate confidently without discrimination by removing the fear factor associated with ‘political correctness’ and litigation. Improving the quality of communication with colleagues and customers is key to the provision of an inclusive working environment and responsive services.
- Legislation - brief history of disability discrimination and the legislation that has been introduced to combat it
- What is disability equality?
- What are the requirements under current legislation?
- Models of disability and the value of the social model
- Types of impairment and practical tips on etiquette and language
- The importance of identifying and overcoming barriers that disable - organisational, environmental and attitudinal
- "Real life" scenarios
- Understand the value of the social model of disability
- Examine how to remove disabling barriers
- Develop an understanding of the range of impairments covered by legislation
- Be confident in communicating with disabled people
- Be aware of how a person with an impairment may wish to be treated
- Promote active involvement of disabled colleagues and customers
- Make practical changes to ensure that you develop a more inclusive way of working, in line with current legislation
DWAL access audits are carried out by professionals representing the views of people with different impairments. The audit is undertaken and produced by a trained disabled auditor with a common-sense and proportionate approach, and an understanding of the term "reasonable".
In assessing the accessibility of an environment, its facilities and any services delivered from it, DWAL will take into account all existing and prospective users (service users and employees). It will consider any potential barriers to overall access and recommend ways of overcoming them.
Carrying out the audit comprises a series of tasks which typically commence with briefing/data gathering, followed by a detailed site survey, consultation with building users and the preparation of a written report to record and communicate the outcome of the audit.
To discuss your organisation's needs in respect of disability training, advice or guidance and for details of our very competitive rates please contact us.