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Do you consider yourself disabled? This course is for you. Up to one in five working age adults have a disability (DWP Family Resources Survey).  Numbers are likely to rise due to an ageing population/higher state pension ages.

Everyone’s disability and disability journey is unique.  Some people are born with their disability, but most people acquire it during their life. You have valuable skills, experience and knowledge but being in a marginalised group can bring isolation, low confidence, and poor awareness of your employment rights.

This training aims to support you to thrive, bring the best of yourself to work and understand how reasonable accommodations and support can ensure equal opportunities for you at work.

Please advise us of your access needs when booking the session.

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    The aim of the training is to support you to:

    • Know what your rights and responsibilities are as a disabled employee
    • Be confident fulfilling your potential in the workplace.

    What will you learn?

    • Introduction and Statistics re disability in the workplace
    • How law, policy and practice can support you
    • Reasonable adjustments and inclusion
    • How we think about disabilities – medical and social model of disability
    • Psychological impact of living with a disability
    • How to tap into support and improve your wellbeing
    • Reflection and action plan.

    This is a bespoke session and will be tailored to meet the needs of the individuals in the group.

    Who should attend?

    • Any colleague who has disclosed a disability.
  • Our trainer

    Julie Ryder

    In December 1991, I was an ACIB certified banker with nothing in the way of me and a successful career. The month is significant as it marked the start of a journey from normal hearing to profound deafness. Life would never be the same again.

    The hearing aids were my first issue – ugly, uncomfortable and noticeable. Once my hearing deteriorated to a moderate loss, I began to miss out on conversation, responding incorrectly to other people and 2nd guessing what had been said. Enjoyment from music and socialising started to ebb away. Severe deafness brought a whole new set of problems, particularly at work, resulting in a significantly downgraded job role. My self confidence was dive bombing as quickly as my hearing. The final straw came once I was unable to hear even my own voice. Profound deafness had cut me off from others and I’d lost myself too.

    With deafness now a permanent feature of my life, I had 2 options: give up or carry on. I started learning British Sign Language and then decided to learn to lip read too. With encouragement from Matt, my husband, I trained as a volunteer deaf awareness tutor with the UK charity ‘Hearing Concern’. This experience formed the precursor to the work we do today. The biggest breakthrough came in 2002 when I received a Cochlear Implant (CI) on my left side. For the first time in 11 years, I had stability. It was time to start living.

    I felt energised and wanted to use my experiences positively. It was clear that employers and service providers needed more skills, knowledge and confidence to include deaf people (and other marginalised people too). Since 2002 I’ve been prolific in researching, developing and delivering training and whether the driver for the training is law or business, it’s important to me that people are at the heart of it.

We can bring this course to you.
If you have five or more staff interested our in-house training offers great value for money.

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