Disability Equality Training

Disability Equality Training or Disability Awareness Training; what’s the difference?

Disability Awareness Training is often led by non-disabled people who are professionals in the medical or caring professions. This training has a medical focus; it informs participants about disabled people’s impairments, and ways of ‘overcoming’ disability.

Disability Equality Training is always led by trainers who are disabled people. The focus is on disabled and non-disabled people working together to overcome the disabling barriers in society. This training has a holistic focus, recognising that removing physical, financial and attitudinal barriers will create a more inclusive, accessible society.

All of Disability Arts Cymru’s training courses are based upon the principles of disability equality.

Disability Arts Cymru is the only organisation in Wales providing Disability Equality Training (DET) specifically for arts providers.

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5 Good Reasons to attend Disability Equality Training

  1. You will learn to understand the difference between the Social and Medical models of Disability and the difference between impairment and disability and why these distinctions are important to achieving genuine inclusion.
  2. Many people feel nervous of inadvertently offending disabled people by using inappropriate language and etiquette, this course will show you how to avoid this.
  3. You will gain an understanding of the relevant elements of the Equality Act and what constitutes a ‘Reasonable Adjustment’.
  4. There are many aspects involved in ensuring that your venue, event or organisation are fully accessible and this course sets this out in a way that you can understand and act on.
  5. You will leave with a practical action plan taking the above principles into consideration.

Course Aims

Organisations participating in Disability Equality Training will be able to:

  • demonstrate recognition of their accountability to disabled people
  • understand the implications of the Equality Act, particularly the disability provisions, and it’s relevance to arts provision in Wales
  • devise an appropriate and realistic format for effective action planning
  • work towards best practice in inclusion and accessibility

Course Programme

DET covers the following issues

  • Physical and attitudinal barriers
  • Language
  • Equality Act
  • Disability Arts / Disabled Peoples Culture
  • Reaching disabled audiences
  • Working with disabled artists

Course Trainers

We have been leading DET in Wales since 1993. Our highly experienced trainers are all disabled people and involved in the arts themselves.

Feedback Quotes

“As well as being very informative, the session was also friendly and inclusive. Thank you”.

“The definition of disability has really helped to clear up misconceptions”.

“Having a better understanding of disability issues will enable me to put ideas into practice in my job”.

“A very useful session. This was a day well spent”.

“An excellent day, very skillfully and graciously facilitated”.

“Very useful to be actively involved. I enjoyed it, thanks!”

“Looking forward to putting what I’ve learnt into practice.”


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Disability Equality and the visual arts

Disability Equality and the visual arts workshop lead by Rachel Gadsden

Training the Trainers

Participants at a Training the Trainers session

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