Disability Matters Resources support the delivery of facilitated face-to-face learning. Training modules contain case studies, discussion questions and group tasks. The face-to-face training resources are designed to offer an alternative format to the e-learning – learners need only complete one format, but may choose to do both!
The training packs have been designed for use by people who have an understanding of disability issues, and have had some experience of leading group discussion and facilitating workshops in the past.
Please consider involving disabled children, young people and parent carers from your local community in any group learning that you plan to deliver. If you need help with contacts, good places to start are:
National Network of Parent Carer Forums: www.nnpcf.org.uk
Council for Disabled Children: www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk
Download the report
Launched on 30th November 2016, this report offers practical, inspiring and down to earth examples of inclusion and a range of suggestions on how to ensure that disabled children and young people are meaningfully included in the health and education services, leisure opportunities, sport and everyday activities that we all take for granted.
Inspired by the United Nations global blueprint for disability action and its challenge to ‘leave no one behind`, Disability Matters asked young people and their parent carers about their experiences of inclusion. At the same time, educators, health professionals, community workers, volunteers, training providers and employers were asked how they ensure that disabled people are included in their service or community. This report reflects the views of the 10 young people, 123 parent carers of disabled children, young people and adults and 128 professionals and volunteers who responded to this ‘Call for Evidence’.
A lot of good and inclusive practice was celebrated by those who responded. Alongside this, frustration and disillusionment was expressed at the increasing barriers to meaningful inclusion brought about by austerity cuts in services as well as at the ‘shocking lack of can-do attitudes’.
From the simplest of adjustments to comprehensive approaches involving policy change and service redesign, the organisations profiled in this report have developed and delivered their commitment to inclusion in many different ways. They show us that inclusion is not a static two-dimensional concept but a multifaceted, dynamic and ever-changing landscape shaped in constant partnership with disabled people and their families.
The report encourages readers to challenge their attitudes and behaviours towards disability by accessing identified modules within the Disability Matters e-learning portal to support change at both a personal and organisational level to help disabled children and young people to achieve what matters to them.
The following films explore people’s experience of disability and the challenges they face on a daily basis.
Kiatipat’s Story: “I’m more than just a disability”
Kiatipat Tongyotha is concerned that people underestimate his ability to think for himself and make decisions because of his cerebral palsy. With Fixers he created a film urging healthcare professionals to let him speak for himself.
Behaviour that is percieved to be Challenging and Learning Disabilities: Independent Living
People with severe learning disabilities sometimes use behaviour that is said to be challenging, in order to communicate. This film illustrates that, with good support, people with challenging behaviour and severe learning disabilities can be enabled to enjoy independent, fulfilling lives.
"It's all about families, friends and relationships"
Darren is a self advocate in Sheffield.
Promoting the Disability Matters Programme
The following materials have been created to help you to encourage your colleagues or members to access the Disability Matters e-learning programme.
Please feel free to download, save and/or print for yourself and share with friends and colleagues:
If you would like any of these resources in a more accessible format, please email email@example.com