Building the Foundations
Through my Disability Equality and Awareness training course, I provide organisations and their staff with current legislation and guidance from the Equality Act 2010 in order to help promote disability equality through all chains of society in a simple and easy to follow format that encourages attendees to think about why they should implement positive change out of not just legal obligation or requirement, but out of a desire to become a better person. .
What is the need?
In an ever changing and developing society, it is vital that organisations and their staff are able to cater for, and treat people from all backgrounds equally. Over 11 million people in the UK are legally defined as having a limiting long-term illness or disability. Therefore, in order to accommodate for this 17% of the population, it is recommended that people receive training in order to understand how to treat people with disabilities as equal to everyone else and how – by simple everyday actions – they can help to make a difference in promoting positive change.
A legal duty
The Equality Act states that there is a duty for 'reasonable adjustments' to be made in order to ensure that disabled people are not substantially disadvantaged when compared with non-disabled people. Of the eight characteristics that protect people from discrimination, only disability requires reasonable adjustments to be made. One way to do this is to provide people with disability equality and awareness training to ensure that those with disabilities do not experience discrimination of any kind. More importantly, it will help implement positive understanding and change in society for all which will prove to have beneficial and long lasting effects.
Beneficial for all
Disability Equality and Awareness training is not just a lecture on political correctness of listing words you can or cannot say. Rather, it is an opportunity to learn how to reflect on the advantages and disadvantages we all have in our own lives, and to think of how we like to be treated because of them. Then, we take that empathy and translate it to how we treat people with disabilities and realise the day-to-day difficulties that they and their families face, in order to understand their circumstances better and show fellow feeling in being able to assist where possible.