Many of you have told us that applying the theory to daily practice is a major challenge. Many organisations, over the years have tried to implement the theory of disability equality. This book aims to make further change practical and possible.
At the heart of new legislation is an imperative to understand the distinctive nature of disabled people’s oppression, with disability equality providing important information to those faced with the job of addressing inequality within our services.
This book presents clear ideas and simple steps that will help you ensure that disabled children, adolescents and adult clients are fully respected and included in the life of your organisation.
This book will help you:
· to gain a greater understanding of the character of disabilism. To be able to better identify the issues facing disabled people as a protected group.
· to re-evaluate your ideas, practice, provision and participation. To go further and drive forward the empowerment and ethical commitment that meets everyone’s needs.
· to deepen your understanding.By broadening your insight into dealing with the discrimination disabled children and adults face, you’ll discover more creative ways to tackle it.
· and embrace change. Development is not only essential, it’s an exciting challenge, and with new knowledge comes enlightenment - the power to make change happen.
"Your handbooks allow equality issues to be real and current which is what people need when they are being trained in something so complex." Carrie James, Case Manager for Health Transition, Walsall Children's Disabilities and Long Term Condition Services Child Development Centre.
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About the Author
I lived in France for many of my formative years. This has endowed me with a passionate and spirited approach to living and learning and a vigorous enthusiasm for lively debate, fine foods and wine – life’s great pleasures! It has also given me the advantage of being proud and unashamed of the gifts I bring to others, and a direct approach in all matters – qualities that have proved invaluable throughout my working life. I came to England to finish secondary school, where I achieved enormous academic success. At university, I will admit, I spent more energy building social capital, having until then missed out on opportunities for friendship. After leaving university I found employment in the voluntary sector in organisations delivering services to disabled people. It was when I set myself up independently as a facilitator that I found my true vocation. EQuality Training was created to support a growing demand for my presentations. A small team now help administrate and promote my appearances. I try spend most time on the delivery, as it is the relationship with learners that has most impact. Outside sessions my time is spent writing books, developing learning tools and creating programmes in collaboration with clients in order to respond to their needs. Having faced so much discrimination personally I have a real experience of the barriers imposed on people from marginalised groups. However, I see my professional role as responding to practitioner’s inquiry regarding wider spread inequality. Having worked in the equality field for many years I know the theory, however it is the way I illustrate this through my own story that people claim is ‘attitude changing’. I pride myself on excellent relationships with clients, many of whom return year after year and speak of me fondly.