England & Wales, Scotland Personal and organisational development, Welfare and equalities

Online Training: Understanding Disability Equality

The workshop is aimed at councillors and managers who are looking to understand the challenges faced by disabled people and the policy and service development needed to meet the needs of disabled people.

There are growing challenges for local authorities in responding to the needs of disabled people. There is a wide range of key policy and service challenges that need to be addressed to ensure disabled people can lead full and productive lives or effectively manage their disabilities. The premise is that disabled people are full and equal members of society.

Why is an understanding of disability important?

There are 14.1 million disabled people in the UK. (21 per cent of the population)

  • 8% of children are disabled
  • 19% of working age adults are disabled
  • 46% of pension age adults are disabled

Why you should attend the workshop.

The needs of disabled people have been either ignored or misunderstood over generations. Yet council funding is increasingly focused on the needs of disabled people.

This workshop allows a greater understanding of the needs of disabled people and how councils need to respond to the aspirations and needs of disabled people through empowerment.

Key Outcomes:

  • To develop a clear understanding of disability.
  • To understand the social model of disability.
  • To understand the importance of empowerment
  • To understand the Human rights requirements on disability
  • To understand the personalised nature of disability
  • To appreciate the Disability policy framework
  • To appreciate the need for all services to embrace disability equality.
  • To appreciate the need for all council policies to embrace disability equality.

 

Programme:

Part 1: 10:00 – 11:30

  • Welcome and introductions.
  • About the trainer. About you.
  • Outcomes for the workshop
  • Group Work 1: Common terms – Same meaning?
  • It’s personal!
  • It can be hidden.
  • Disability etiquette.
  • Group work 2: What is a disability?
  • Disability definition
  • Group work 3: What is discrimination?
  • Models of disability
  • Equalities Act 2010
  • Disability protected characteristic

11:30 BREAK (15 minutes)

Part 2: 11:45 – 13:30

  • Statutory framework (e.g. Special Needs and Disability Act 2001,Mental Health Act 2007, Autism Act 2009, Care Act 2014, Children and Families Act 2014
  • Common policy challenges
  • Group work 4: What are the service challenges?
  • What is Learning disabilities?
  • What is Autism?
  • What is the mental health challenge?
  • What is Physical disability?
  • What are sensory disabilities?
  • Group Work 5: Who are the partners in meeting the needs of disabled people?
  • The way forward: Engagement, empowerment and control.
  • The value of a co-production approach.
  • Hammersmith and Fulham Disabled peoples Commission.
  • Final thoughts, and feedback.
Who should attend?

The workshop is aimed at councillors and managers who are looking to understand the challenges faced by disabled people and the policy and service development needed to meet the needs of disabled people.

Speakers:

Nigel Long

Nigel has been disabled since the age of 17 and was a councillor from 1987 to 2021. As a Councillor, he served as a Council leader for a large unitary authority and cabinet member roles for social care, housing and finance.  Nigel has been CEO of two disability charities for 9 years and was Head of Policy for a national tenant organisation.  Currently, he is also a guest member of the London Mayor’s Housing Panel. Nigel is also a long-standing trainer having provided training to over 70 councils, housing associations and third sector organisations and has written widely on housing, social care, disability, tenant engagement and equalities issues for the LGiU. He currently produces a weekly Action Disability Blog.