Understanding sensory issues

Come on this hands on course to gain an insight into sensory disabilities including age related sight and hearing loss.

Understanding sensory issues

The course is unique as it is delivered by a tutor with a sensory disability themselves (either deaf or blind). The course is designed to give you opportunities to ask questions and gain confidence in a safe environment. The course also includes simulation activities to support your understanding of barriers and solutions to accessibility issues in your housing organisation.

Who should come on the course?

  • Frontline staff who work with residents with access needs in particular older people
  • Managers who manage staff or make decisions affecting people who have sight or hearing loss.
By the end of the day you will:
  • Know how many people in the UK are affected by sensory disabilities
  • Understand more about deafness and its impact on communication
  • Be able to produce the fingerspelling alphabet and communicate clearly
  • Understanding more about blindness and partial sight and it’s impact on mobility and access to information. Be able to guide and describe
  • Understand more about dual sensory loss (deafblindness) and it’s impact on communication, access to information and mobility
  • Know your responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 re Sensory issues
  • Have a range of strategies, suggestions and ideas to take back to your organisation to support people who are deaf, blind or have dual sensory loss.

Julie Ryder

Equality and diversity Julie Ryder

Julie Ryder combines an abundance of energy and knowledge and brings training alive. Her background is originally in commercial training with NatWest Mortgage Services. After losing her hearing she decided to use her deafness in a positive way, and since 2002 she has been developing and delivering a variety of training on all disability issues. Julie has won numerous awards and has extensive experience in the housing sector, successfully training staff, managers and tenant groups.