Disability Confidence Workshop With thanks to Helen Shaw
Disability Confidence Workshop With thanks to Helen Shaw at Loughborough University Introduction and Ground Rules Introductions to each other Introduction to the facilitator Ground rules what would the group like to list here? Listen and respect Confidentiality A safe environment to learn
Session Plan What affects our disability confidence? Fear of the unknown Not wanting to appear rude or do the wrong thing Not knowing our rights and responsibilities Not knowing who to ask for support / guidance DMU Support Teams
[email protected][email protected][email protected] www.facebook.com/dmudisability www.twitter.com/dmu_disability What do we mean by disability? How is disability legally defined? Legally, a disability is defined as: A physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a
persons ability to carry out normal day-today activities (long-term means that it has lasted for, or is likely to last for, at least 12 months). Disabilities covered under the Equality Act Deaf / hard of hearing Visual impairment Physical disabilities Mental health issues Medical conditions (hidden disabilities) like asthma, diabetes, ME, cancer etc.
Specific Learning Differences, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D, dyscalculia Learning disabilities such as Downs Syndrome Autism/Asperger syndrome The social and medical models of disability
The medical and social models of disability Work in pairs to think about the following four scenarios: What is disabling from the medical model perspective? What is disabling from the social model perspective? 1. A wheelchair user approaches a building, the entrance has steps leading up to it and no ramp. 2. A Deaf person who uses British Sign Language is going for a job interview. The interview panel do not use sign language. 3. A dyslexic student needs to sit a 2 hour written exam to pass their module.
4. A blind person is eating alone in a restaurant. The menu is not available in large print or braille. The 9 protected characteristics within the Act
Disability Race Age Gender Marriage and Civil Partnership Pregnancy and Maternity Sexual orientation Gender Reassignment
Religion or belief (including lack of belief) New protections Discrimination by association (i.e. if someone feels discriminated against by association with someone with a protected characteristic); Discrimination arising from disability (i.e. discrimination on the basis of something connected with the persons disability); Discrimination based on perception (regardless of whether or not someone is disabled);
Indirect discrimination (i.e. a provision or policy whose impact particularly and unjustifiably disadvantages disabled people). The Equality Act Reasonable Adjustments Under the Equality Act the scope of reasonable adjustments covers; Adjustments to provision, criteria or practices; Changes to physical environment to ensure accessibility; Providing services and auxiliary aids (including
support services, materials in accessible formats etc.) for disabled people. The language we use Avoid Use Victim of / crippled by / suffering from Wheelchair bound
Invalid Handicapped Spastic Hearing Impaired Person who has / person living with / survivor Wheelchair user Disabled person Disabled person Cerebral palsy
Deaf or Hard of Hearing The language we use Avoid
Deaf and dumb The blind Retard Mad/crazy/insane/ mental Diagnosed dyslexic Person with a disability Use Deaf BSL user Blind people/Visually impaired
Learning disability Mental health issues/ difficulties/ condition Identified dyslexic Disabled Person Quiz Disabled people are twice as likely to be out of work and claiming benefits? False: They are 5 times as likely People with a sensory impairment experience the
lowest rate of employment by disability? False: People with mental health issues & learning disabilities experience lowest employment rates Quiz The level of disability increases with age? True: 10% of 16-24 year olds have a long term disability compared to 34% of those aged 50-65
At any given time 1 in 10 of the adult population will be experiencing a mental health difficulty? False: It is 1 in 4 There are regional variations in levels of disability? True: Higher than average rates of disability are found in the NE, NW and Wales, and lower rates are to be found in London and the SE.
Considering disability What does it mean for us all? Accessible environment. Inclusive practices, opportunities to disclose and reasonable adjustments.
Anticipatory measures room for improvement? Availability of targeted support as and when necessary with effective channels of communication. Improve awareness of disability issues across campus to ensure everyone is aware of disabled peoples rights and of our responsibilities.
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