Working with people who have
sensory and/or physical impairment

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Why choose this training?

  • The Disability Discrimination Act has been enacted at a variety of levels for more than 10 years now
  • despite legislation people with sensory and physical impairments are still marginalized in society
  • Direct Payments have given some people a greater degree of autonomy but in some circumstances have increased their level of risk
  • models of disability and popular stereotypes undermine and dis-empower individual choice and identity
  • some service delivery reinforces a dependent relationship based on victimhood
  • for life affirming, connecting and engaging services to be delivered emphasise needs to be on commonality and ability
  • positive results ~ practitioners work from a perspective of respect, empowerment and compassion, users of the service are heard, seen and are central to the design and delivery of support and care

Length of course: 2 days of 9.30 – 4.30

Expected outcomes: by the end of the course participants will be able to

  • identify the different models of disability and understand how these affect their own and other practitioners’ practice
  • look at barriers to inclusion
  • recognise abusive behaviour and know what action to take
  • consider ways of working that will empower the people with whom they work
  • through self advocacy or group advocacy
  • examine fears, myths and stereotypes surrounding impairment and their affect on users of the service
  • look at the ‘preferred sense’ and how to use language to best effect
  • evaluate inclusion of people with impairments into wider society
  • explore ways of counteracting exclusion
  • have a deeper perception of the effect of sensory and physical impairment
  • discuss safeguarding issues for users of the service
  • look for opportunities for person centred planning and consultation

Nature of training:

Maximum of 16 staff members. Exercises will range from lecture style input (small) to discussion and small group work and individual sharing within pairs.

Hand outs will be provided to reinforce all theoretical input.
Videos will be shown and resources brought to simulate sensory and/or physical impairment.

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