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Themes and Topics

There are 57 topics in the Disability Matters curriculum, and they have been broken down into the following themes:

Understanding Disability

These sessions help you to learn more about spectrum disabling conditions, including learning disabilities, autism, deafness, complex and hidden conditions. All of these conditions affect people differently. You will improve your ability to reflect on your own attitudes, and be better equipped to support and empower disabled children and young people; learn top tips from them and their families about the adjustments you can make to warmly welcome and include them.


What is Disability?

Reflection Matters

Hidden Disabilities Matter

Disability, Cultures and Languages

Deaf Communication Matters

Learning Disability Matters

Autism Spectrum Matters

Complex Conditions Matter

Person to Person

If you work directly with disabled children and young people then these sessions are for you. They will help you gain confidence and appreciate the importance of building positive relationships based on respect and dignity.  They will also help you  gain a deeper understanding of the most effective communication skills and techniques to use  to maximise the benefits of person to person contact with disabled children and young people  and their families.


Feelings Matter

See the Person (Celebrate Abilities)

Confidence Matters

Building Relationships Matters

Communication Basics

Understanding Matters for Effective Communication

Three-way Communication Matters

Communication Support Tools

Communication Matters in Health

Communication Matters in Learning

Communication Matters in the Legal System

Personal Care Matters

How Information is Shared Matters

Family and Society

These sessions help you to gain a deeper understanding of the impact on disabled children, young people and their families of their disabling conditions, the environments in which they find themselves and the attitudes of people they come across in their everyday lives. You will become more knowledgeable about the rights of disabled people and their families, what meaningful inclusion means for them and the vulnerabilities of disabled people to bullying and abuse and its impact.


Rights Matter

Meaningful Inclusion Matters

Inclusion Matters for Organisations and Services

Working Together Matters

Safeguarding Matters

Bullying Matters

Environmental Challenges Matter

Transport Matters

Activities Matter

Family Matters

Caring for Parent Carers Matters

Finance Matters

Work Experience and Employment Matters

Decision Making and Growing Up

Disabled children want to grow up to be as independent as their conditions allow. They aspire to become young people who are actively involved in decision-making about their own lives, the local environment and society as a whole. These sessions provide a deeper understanding about the most effective and appropriate way to support and empower disabled children and young people within the existing legal framework for best-interest decision-making.  The sessions aim to explain how best to use the law when a person is assessed as lacking the capacity to make a specific decision for themselves, in specific circumstances, at a specific time.


Choices and Decision-making Matters

Mental Capacity Act Matters

Best Interests Decision-making Matters for Clinicians

Advance Care Planning Matters

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Advocacy Matters

Supporting Independence Matters

Growing Up Matters

Transition Matters

Behaviours and Emotions

Behaviours and the emotions that can surround them can mean many different things and people will naturally respond in different ways to them.  These behaviours can sometimes be seen as challenging by others. These sessions give an insight into the possible meanings of a range of behaviours.  They provide advice about how to respond in a positive, constructive and effective way.  They also provide guidance about when to seek expert help and who to contact for that help.


The Different Meanings of Behaviours

Worry and Anxiety Matter

Responding Positively When Behaviours are Perceived to be Challenging

Sexually Concerning Behaviours Matter

Self-injury Matters

Health and Wellbeing

These sessions look at the health issues and aspects of functioning that impact on wellbeing. They will help you to be more confident when thinking about the health needs and functioning of disabled children and young people. Some pitfalls will be highlighted and guidance will be provided on positive and practical ways to achieve equal access and the best possible outcomes for disabled children, young people and their families.


Diagnosis Matters

Health Needs Matter in All Settings

Equal Access to the Best Health Outcomes Matters

Participation – Mobility and Fatigue

Participation – Sensory Environments

Continence Matters

Vision and Hearing Matters

Pain Matters

Participation – Social World

Other Learning Resources

Disability Matters also provides resources to 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!

There are training packs to support the following areas:

• Understanding Disability

• Communication and Disability

• See the Person

• Mental Capacity Act (MCA)

• Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)

• Best-Interests Decision-Making (BIDM)

• Advanced Care Planning (ACP)


These can be found here.


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