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flip Equality Training

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Robert Gale

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Transcript of flip Equality Training

disability equality
Rules for today
Have no fear
everyone's experience is different
there are no rights or wrongs
Be honest
it's the only way this works
Embrace contradtion
this isn't a spectator sport
views might contradict what you've heard before
14th September 2011
Mairi Taylor
Robert Gale
9 out of 10 people with a learning impairment report having been bullied in the past year.
23% of disabled people have no qualifications compared to 9% of non disabled people.
World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2020, depression will be the most common form of disability
40% of disabled people in the UK consider themselves disabled
8% are wheelchair users
5% of wheelchair users have no independent mobility
20% of people in the UK are disabled
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)
(DDA) Part 4 – access to post 16 education Part 5 - Transport
Special Educational Needs and Disability Act
All buses in Britain must be accessible
Equality Act came into effect October
Amendments and Disability Equality Duty (DED) for Public Bodies
UK Disability Legistlation Timelime
The Act defines a disabled person as a person with a disability. A person has a disability for the purposes of the Act if he or she has a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
means neither minor nor trivial
means that the effect of the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least 12 months (there are special rules covering recurring or fluctuating conditions)
include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping
Who does the Equality Act protect against discrimination?
When was the Disability Discrimination Act introduced?
By 2020 what does the World Heath Organisation predict will be the most common disability?
What % of the UK population are disabled?
What % use
and Belief
Who is covered?
Models of Disability
Medical Model
Social Model
Disabled by society, not by impairments
Physical, procedural and attitudinal barriers are the problem
"To be disabled is an active process" – I am disabled by stairs
Barrier removal as the way forward
Clinical/medical dianosis
Person = problem that needs to be fixed or cured
Focus on what the individual can’t do
Physio/speech/ occupational therapy and medicine/surgery is the solution
Slippery slope!
Charity Model
Depicts disabled people as victims of circumstance who are deserving of pity
Along with the medical model this is the model most used by non-disabled people to see and understand disability
Charity fulfils societies obligations to disabled people
Affirmative Model
Redefines impairment as being the norm
Unless we die young through accident or illness, we will all become impaired
This aligns disability with gender, race and age
Should be embraced and celebrated.
Portrayals of Disability
It is reasonable for a gallery to state that no visitors can touch the artwork, even for access purposes.
Customer complaints about a cafe staff member with a facial disfigurement should be ignored.
If a visitor to an established, traditional gallery is making a lot of noise and disturbing others, they should be asked to leave
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
Labels Stick
Where do we exceed?
What do we do well but...?
Where are we struggling?
Sign Names
ALWAYS TALK TO THE DISABLED PERSON about their requirements, not the person that’s with them
Name four disabled characters from stage, screen or TV
2002 March
(cc) image by jantik on Flickr
2002 March
(cc) image by jantik on Flickr
How confident about
Disability Equality
do you feel?
Top Tips
Above all else, just ask!
There’s no consensus on appropriate language and terminology – especially when dealing with people from different countries/cultures – but ‘disabled people’ is a safe term (because of social model)
Personal assistant rather than carer. But don’t assume the person with a disabled person is a PA.
For hearing impaired customers, have a notepad and pen handy
Shouting or speaking slowly doesn’t help people to lip-read.
For a visually impaired person, ask if they would like someone to guide them and if so, what is the best way to do this? Usually this is by offering your arm.
Don’t talk to a guide dog.
If someone has a speech impediment, don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat. If you don’t make it out the first time – the world will not end! Relax!
BUT DO ASSUME everyone has a normal level of intelligence, then no one will be offended 
DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS – someone in a wheelchair might be able to climb 100 steps and someone who is walking may need to rest after 10 metres. Likewise, communication difficulties don’t equate to having a learning impairment
ASK people what they want. Ask need to know not want to know questions and always ask before you act!
EQUALITY is about treating everybody differently NOT treating everybody the same

Who is disabled?
Facts and figures
Legislative and attitudinal developments
Cultural stereotypes and language
This afternoon
Action Plans - why and how
Your plans

Parking Lot
An organisation’s policy prohibiting working from home should be ignored if a disabled employee requests such an arrangement.
The work of disabled artists is usually of a lower artistic quality than their non-disabled conterparts
The access costs related to employing a disabled artist are the responsibility of the host organisation.
There are an estimated 10 million disabled people in Britain (650 million worldwide).
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
The majority of impairments are not visible – less than 8% of disabled people use wheelchairs.
40% of people in the UK (26 million) are considered to be functionally illiterate.
At 31 March 2008, 156,300 people were on the register of partially sighted people, an increase of 1,100 (0.7%) from March 2006
In 2004, only 213,900 people were registered as deaf or hard of hearing in England. As there are more than 7 million deaf and hard of hearing people in England (latest figure shows 8.7 million – Papworth Trust), and 577,000 are severely or profoundly deaf, it is clear that registers are a very poor guide.
1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one-year, and one in six experiences this at any given time.
About 1 million people in England have a learning disability (2% of the population) - 796,000 of them are aged 20 or over.
But who is disabled?
(Lies, damned lies, and statistics)
If stats can’t tell us and we can’t tell - focus on removing the main barriers
Deaf/Hearing Impaired
Blind/Visually Impaired
Environments – physical access, heating, seating and lighting
Access to information
Poor Mental Health
Learning Impairment
Intellectual access
Addressing attitudes/ behavior - expectations
The scientist suffers from Motor Neurone Disease, is wheelchair bound and speaks with the aid of a voice synthesiser. He developed the disease while studying in the 1960s and is one of the longest surviving sufferers
Wheelchair-bound Lee, hopes to take charge of his first football match. He suffers from cerebral palsy and will take charge from the sidelines
For a long time I resisted using a wheelchair. Now I am confined to a wheelchair all of the time
Annie – although confined to a wheelchair, Annie loves to take part in the summer playscheme
Paris Olympic relay, the brave disabled torchbearer
Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South
Quotes from the media
UK Population - 60 million
Disabled people = 20%
Wheelchair users
No independent mobility
Legal Definition of Disability
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