Disability Awareness & Disability Confident Sessions

Disability Confident Training with Disability Rights UK, Wednesday 18 July at RISC, London St, Reading

Stepping Forward is delighted to announce its first training workshop with Disability Rights UK to take place on Wednesday 18 July at RISC, London St, Reading. The Disability Confident Course is run by a trainer with lived experience of disability and many years experience of delivering training courses. The one day course will run from 10am to 4pm and is targeted at anyone wanting to increase their awareness of disability issues or gain more confidence working with and supporting disabled colleagues or customers.

Course objectives
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between the medical and social models of disability
  • Approach and assist disabled customers or clients with confidence
  • Identify potential barriers disabled people face and potential solutions
  • Understand disability legislation, including the Equality Act, to a basic level

Course content

  • the definition of disability and the different models
  • disability myths and misconceptions
  • why disability matters
  • making things fair: what the law says
  • better communications
  • the importance of language and avoiding assumptions
  • sharing stories

Cost:  £30 for voluntary sector organisations/£50 for businesses/LAs

This is a subsidised course made possible with a grant from People’s Postcode Lottery; the course is normally held in London for a cost of £110 plus VAT. We are pleased to be able to offer this at a greatly reduced rate for local organisations.

Please email us at info@stepping-forward.org.uk if you would like to register for the training course. Invoices will be sent out upon registration.

Promoting Disability Awareness in Schools

With funding from The Big Lottery’s Awards for All, Stepping Forward has joined forces with JustDifferent to provide innovative, exciting and educational Primary and Secondary workshops on disability and difference.

Workshops sessions are specifically designed to engage children and young people into thinking more imaginatively about the world they live in, and the diversity of the people within it. Created and presented by disabled adults using a variety of simple interactive methods, the workshops encourage children onto a path of learning that is captivating and enlightening.

If you are a school in Berkshire and the surrounding counties and would like a free disability workshop at your school, please get in touch with us at info@stepping-forward.org.uk. We will be offering workshops from the school year commencing September 2017. Please share our leaflet here with schools who can benefit from these sessions: Stepping Forward Leaflet re Disability Awareness Sessions

Disability awareness is a neglected issue which receives little priority and few resources.  However failure to invest in this area has multiple impacts on the rights of people with disabilities. In April 2017 the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities published its ‘list of issues’ for the UK and has asked the UK government to report on multiple issues of concern, including the following: 
  • Steps to tackle disability related harassment and bullying of disabled children in schools
  • How the UK is tackling negative attitudes, in particular towards people with dementia or learning disabilities
(More info click here)
This initiative will address these vital areas in which the rights of people with disabilities are not being met.