What is Disability Equality Training? (DET)

Removing Barriers: Inclusive Education"Many public and private sector bodies have gradually realised that their work practices and policies fall far short of fulfilling the needs, rights and aspirations of disabled people who are their clients, customers and co-workers and that, in order to change this situation, they need to turn to disabled people for education and guidance. From this realisation has grown the demand for DET run by disabled people, which aims to help people understand the meaning of disability, identify changes in work practice, and plan strategies to implement change

Disability Equality Training Trainers Guide

When and Where did DET start?Removing Barriers: Government Support

DET courses have been organised and run by disabled people since 1981 to address the need for information about reality of disability.  The use of disabled trainers is a fundamental part of the working towards a positive change in attitude by non-disabled course participants.   A DET course will enable participants to identify and address discriminatory forms of practice towards disabled people. Through training they will find ways to challenge the organisational behaviour which reinforces negative myths and values and which prevents disabled people from gaining equality and achieving full participation in society.

How is Disability Awareness Training and Disability Equality Training different in their approach?

On the whole, Disability Awareness Training tends to focus on the individual impairment or condition and will often use simulation exercises (such as putting people in wheelchairs or blindfolding them) to encourage non-disabled people to have an idea of what it may be like to have that specific disability. Someone may offer the Removing Barriers: Accessible Informationtraining with no personal experience of disability. 

Disability Equality Training explores the concept of people being disabled by society's barriers and attitudes, highlighting the role society in the removal of those barriers and in the changing of attitudes. The training may include customer care, etiquette and appropriate language for instance.  The training will always be provided by a person with personal experience of disability.

Who would benefit from DET?Removing Barriers: Special Equipment

Up until recently DET on the whole was only given employees working within the care setting, however it has been recognised that a much wider section of the community would benefit from such training e.g. people of various ages, abilities and backgrounds. 

Therefore Equal Equality offer DET to everyone, from young people in education to service providers within the community.  All our training is tailored to suit the participants' needs, it is fun and interactive but at the same time thought provoking.  The trainers can deliver DET at your organisation/school for your convenience.

What are the objectives of DET?

At the end of the DET participants will be able:

Removing Barriers: Accessible Employment1. To reach a social, as opposed to an individual, (medical), model of disability through all training exercises and teachings.

2. To challenge some of the common myths and false distinctions that relegate disabled people to the status of a discriminated-against minority .

3. To demonstrate the practical application of equal opportunities policies for disabled people within the immediate area of work of course participants.

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