Disability Awareness Training

Westmeath Community Development Disability Working Group are organising another Disability Awareness and Proofing Training course in 2013. The aim of this course is to promote better inclusion for people with Disabilities in communities throughout Westmeath.

The dates for this Training are as follows:

  • Day 1 – Wednesday 24th April, 2013 – 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Day 2 – Wednesday 8th May, 2013 – 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Day 3 – Wednesday 12th June, 2013 – 9.30am to 1.00pm

Training will take place in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone.

    Please find attached a Booking Form for a place and course details. You must be available to attend ALL 3 dates. There will be telephone contact available between days 2 and 3 with the tutor.

    This course is been funded through the Local & Community Development Programme so there is NO cost associated with this training and it may increase your knowledge of funding opportunities and supports for people with Disabilities. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis and priority will be given to community groups operating in Rapid and other disadvantaged areas

    If you would like to avail of this 3 day training course, please fill in the attached booking form and email it to arafferty@westcd.ie or for further information please contact Linda-Jo Quinn/Anthony Rafferty on (090) 64 94555.


    Westmeath Community Development Disability Working Group

    Disability Awareness Training

    Disability Proofing Training Workshop

    1 Day Disability Awareness Training

    Course Aim:


    A mixture of video, small and large group discussion and feedback, case studies, lecture style presentation and practical analysis.

    Session 1: Introductions and Icebreaker (9.30 – 10.15)

    Session 2: The Historical Context: Myths and Misconceptions

    Objectives: By the end of this session participants will:

    • Be aware of and able to describe some of their own attitudes and beliefs about disability
    • Understand how their own views relate to wider societal attitudes and stereotypes
    • Be aware of how traditional stereotypes and their own beliefs can impact negatively upon people with disabilities
    • Be aware of and be able to use appropriate language in relation to a person with a disability

    Session 3: Creating Disability; Social and Medical Model

    Objectives: By the end of this session participants will be able to:

    • Understand and be able to discuss the defining characteristics of a medical and social model of disability.
    • Identify the impact of each model on the organization’s approach to quality customer service
    • Identify areas where personal views/ attitudes towards disability are in need of revision.

    Session 4: Equality Legislation & the Disability Act 2005

    Objectives: By the end of this session participants will be able to:

    • Explain in brief what is meant by the term “discrimination”
    • Know and be able to state the nine grounds of discrimination under the Employment Equality Act (1998) and the Equal Status Act (2000)
    • Know the scope of the Acts and who the Acts apply to
    • Know and be able to explain the difference between direct and indirect discrimination
    • Understand and explain in brief some of the key concepts under the legislation such as “reasonable accommodation”, “nominal cost”, “positive action”, and “harassment”.
    • Be able to apply key provisions of the Act(s) to their own working environment.
    • Know and be able to explain the role of the Equality Authority and the Office of the Director of Equality Investigations
    • Know and be able to describe in brief the forms of complaint & redress available under the Act(s).
    • Know and be able to explain key responsibilities under the Disability Act (2005)

    Session 5 – SWOT Analysis

    Objectives: By the end of this session participants will be able to:

    · Explain the term SWOT, its’ purpose and uses as an analysis tool.

    · Apply this analytical approach to disability in the context of current practice in Westmeath Community Development and other local projects.

    Disability Proofing Workshop (1.5 days)


    To introduce participants to the concept of disability proofing, how it works and how to plan to pilot a disability proofing strategy within an organization / project.

    Workshop Structure:

    Participants will attend a one day workshop that will provide them with basic information and knowledge about disability proofing. Participants will then be facilitated to consider how they might implement disability proofing in their own organization from the perspective of mapping, selecting what to proof, when to proof, structures for decision making, etc. Participants will then be facilitated to complete an action plan that will enable them to begin implementing a disability proofing approach within their own organization / project. Further to day 2 each participant will be provided with phone / email support to enable them to progress their proofing work. Day 3 will be a half day presentation and feedback workshop where learning can be shared, good practice, ongoing challenges and next steps are identified.


    Lecture style presentation, large group discussion, working in pairs / small groups to actively apply concepts to own organization with supported problem solving, action planning

    Session 1: Disability Proofing; The Concept

    Objectives: By the end of this session participants will be able to

    · Provide a definition of disability proofing

    · Explain different phases in disability proofing

    · Explain the role and importance of disability proofing

    Session 2: Disability Proofing; The Practice

    Objectives: By the end of this session participants will be able to

    · Describe alternative approaches to implementing disability proofing within an organization / project

    · Describe the different stages of the disability proofing process

    · Describe different structures within and across organizations / projects that can be used to support the implementation of disability proofing

    · Provide examples of questions that might be included in a disability impact assessment tool

    Session 3: Planning and Next Steps

    Objectives: By the end of this session participants will know how to

    · Plan to implement a pilot disability proofing process including the Application of an impact assessment tool

    Applicants will be provided with an action plan template that will cover all the main stages in disability proofing. Participants will be facilitated to complete the action plan with timelines prior to completing the day. The completed action plan will be used as a “roadmap” by the course facilitator and participants to drive actions and record progress and roadblocks during the period of pilot implementation.