Disability Equality Training

Disability Equality Training is, typically, a 1 day session delivered to groups of no more than 15 and covering a range of subjects from the rights and equality issues around disability through to practical guidance to make your organisation more welcoming and attractive to disabled people. Below are some of the typical questions you might be wondering about.

In a typical 1 day training session the first two modules would be considered essential. Another two (or possibly 3) modules can be covered in the day. It is very useful to finish with an Action Planning Task as this will give your organisation some practical points that will bring about real changes. If you want to do more than 4 or 5 modules, a 2 day course might be better suited to your needs. Get in touch to discuss which of the remaining modules is most suited to your organisation’s needs.


1. The Social Model of Disability.

The social model of disability is the bedrock that Disability Equality Training is founded on. Understanding the social model relies on understanding the difference between disability and impairment.
Organisations that decide to be pro-active on disability issues embrace the social model and find that it causes a real shift in personal and organisational thinking.

2. The Language / imagery of Disability – its relevance to organisation profile/public face/publicity and promotional materials.

It can be hard to keep up with all the ‘right-on’ terminology but service providers have a duty to do so in order to avoid causing any offence to disabled people (or anyone else for that matter). There has really only been a strong disability movement since the 1980s and the language has gone through some radical evolutions but now we are settled on words and phrases defined by disabled people themselves. Language is critical in marketing your activities as well as in the day to day dealing with people.

3. Equality Act 2010 – What does this new legislation mean for disabled people and for organisation that provide goods and services, covering:

  • An outline of what the new Equality Act looks like
  • Who is protected
  • What legislation is replaced
  • What ‘Positive Action’ is all about
  • Using the Social Model to inform changing practice.

4. Organisational Policy and Practice – What is it? How is it implemented? Identify what works, what doesn’t?

Find out what you are already doing well and where you still have room for improvement (even organisations cited for ‘best practice’ in access issues are constantly seeking to improve). Can be combined with Action planning task.

5. Getting it right – Issues of Work Practice

No matter what the scale of your activities if you are dealing with members of the public then you are dealing with disabled people. Sensible, practical guidelines will help anyone accessing your service, disabled or not and scenario based tasks encourage trainees to use their ingenuity and imagination to address specific barriers. This module is very much tailored to the particular needs of the group.

6. Disability Arts – Why should the organisation support its development?

Disability Arts, Art and Disability, Inclusive Arts, Art Therapy – understand the difference between all these terms and see the excitement of a fairly new cultural phenomena – Disability Arts. Find out why your organisation might want to program disability arts and how your marketing should reflect this.

7. Disabled Women and Domestic Violence
Looking at the different ways violence is used against disabled women.

Information Giving – Useful contacts and details; the meaning of access / the various options for accessible formats e.g. tape, Braille, using Minicom and Type Talk, using sign language. (BSL, SSE etc).
What is the difference between BSL and SSE? Is it better to use Braille or tape? What should the marketing materials say about the available facilities? Contact sheets are included with every trainee pack.

8. Action Plans – identifying areas for change.

Identify the issues to address and look at ways of addressing them, prioritising the most important.

More info

I am one of a very small number of disabled people in Wales trained as arts specific Disability Equality Trainers through the DETonate course organised by Disability Arts Cymru. I have also completed training delivered by Scope / Disability Equality in Education and Attitude is Everything.
I like to think I am a good trainer – I prepare well, tailoring the content to match the needs of the group, respond to individual needs and learning styles on the day and am passionate and enthusiastic about my subject and anything but boring.
Disability Equality Training is always delivered by Disabled people and should not be confused with Disability Awareness Training.
Some of my DETonate colleagues have specialties that I do not cover. If I think you would be better served by a different specialist trainer, I will recommend a colleague.

There several different modules on offer. In a typical 1 day training session the day starts by looking at the Social vs. the Medical model of disability and establishing the difference between disability and impairment that is essential to understanding the social model.
This is followed by a session examining the language/imagery/etiquette of disability which may sound dry but in reality participants find this very useful and relevant to their day-to-day work practice.
What then follows depends largely on the needs of the organisation but can include modules on Practical Access Issues, the new Equality Act 2010, Disability Arts, Issues of Work Practice and Organisational practice.
The day concludes with an action-planning task that will give the organisation some actual, practical things to be doing to improve access for disabled people.
There is a lot of participation involved, tasks/games/exercises and discussion in small and larger groups and a variety of media are employed to make the day fun as well as educational.
Get in contact to discuss your specific needs.

  • Establishment of disability as a rights issue.
  • Recognition of diversity.
  • Equality of opportunity.
  • The Social Model of disability as defined by disabled people collectively.
  • Using the Social Model to inform changing practice.
  • Anti-oppressive behaviour. (Challenging and interrupting oppression at all levels).
  • Empowerment of disabled people.

My specialties as listed below reflect my background and my enthusiasms, both professionally and personally. However, I am happy to work with any organisation who shows a willingness to look at changes and improvements.

  • Arts Organisations
  • Festivals and Outdoor Events/Sites
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Women’s Groups including Women’s Aid organisations

  • One day course on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru for Women in Tune
  • Half day course on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru for Community Music Wales
  • One day course on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru for The Newport Collective
  • One day course on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru for Powys County Council Museum Staff
  • One day course for Aberystwyth Women’s Aid
  • One day course on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru for Voluntary Arts Wales/ Festivals of Wales
  • Two half day courses on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru for Llanberis Slate Museum
  • One day course on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru for Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • Presentation to National Outdoor Events Association – North Wales Conference, Portmeirion
  • Two half day courses on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru for The Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon
  • Two half day courses, one for staff, one for volunteers for Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
  • Presentation to National Outdoor Events Association – National Conference, Sutton Coldfield
  • Don’t Panic Workshop on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru, also featuring Maggie Hampton and Chris Tally Evans, delivered to mixed group of event organisers at Blackwood Miner’s Institute
  • Half day course for Big Pit: National Mining Museum, Blaenafon
  • One day course for Staff Development – University of Aberystwyth.
  • Presentation for CCW Reserve Managers
  • Don’t Panic Workshop on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru, also featuring Chris Tally Evans, delivered to small groups and individuals at Theatr Mwldan
  • One day course for CCW Reserve Managers
  • No Budget Equality, one day course on behalf of Disability Arts Cymru delivered to event organisers at Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd
  • One day courses on behalf of Disability Equality Coalition Cymru, delivered to Community Health Councils in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire
  • Half Day Course for Dim Prob Volunteers – University of Aberystwyth
  • Workshops at ‘Equal Spaces’ event organised by Disability Arts Cymru.

  • Because you have got to get your Disability Equality Scheme working effectively.
  • Because you might be doing something illegal and someone might take you to court and sue you for a lot of money.
  • Because you want to improve the way your organisation provides its goods/services to disabled people.
  • Because you want to find out more about the exciting new field of Disability Arts.
  • Because you want to attract more disabled people to spend money on your goods/ services (the ‘orange pound’ is worth £50 billion in the UK).
  • Because you want to get it right.
  • Because you know that the time has come to put an end to discrimination against disabled people.

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