Disability Awareness Training - Professional Development

The Disability Awareness Training that we run across schools, universities, caring organisations, medical schools, government agencies and any other workplace you can think of includes learning modules covering the following:

  • Understanding and exploring key disability areas through experiential learning
  • Legislation that impacts on disability awareness
  • Disabilities and their impacts on individuals in their everyday life and workplaces
  • Reasonable Adjustments
  • Inclusive Teaching and Accessible Learning
  • Disability Awareness for Customer Service Professionals

We can link the sessions to your Disability Action Plan or any other area you need to focus on.This workshop aims to deepen awareness around the scope and nature of disabilities, impairments and medical conditions and build skills in all participants for developing a proactive response that maintains an inclusive workplace and learning environment that is focussed on ability.

The intended outcomes of the session are to help participants:

  • develop a better understanding of the 'social' and 'medical' models of disability
  • explore how unconscious 'disability' bias and 'ability' privilege manifests can impact on the way we operate
  • understand the nature and range of disabilities, impairments and medical conditions and their impact on the work and study environment
  • develop further skills that facilitate an inclusive life for staff and students with a disability.

All our disability awareness training is presented by people with disability and includes real stories and experiences of individuals.
The sessions cover different aspects of the DDA and good practice. Wherever possible, we tailor training to individual needs. For instance managers and heads of departments need to have a thorough understanding of their legal responsibilities while other staff may need only a brief outline of the law. We explore the issues then link to the needs.

Our disability awareness training covers:

  • facts and myths associated with disability
  • the social model of disability and political realities
  • disability legislation and legal requirements
  • communicating with people with disability
  • accessibility for people with disability
  • information access and assistive technology
  • specific implications of disability for security staff eg evacuation procedures
  • university, school and organisation policies and services available.

To book our disability awareness training sessions or ask for quotes or any questions please Contact Us

We have a variety of costs depending on session length as well as what your organisation requires and how you want to tailor the session/s to your needs. We are entirely flexible and will travel anywhere.

Follow on sessions -

  • We have an online module that links to these training sessions and follows on from the hands on session.
  • We also have a disability awareness training workbook participants can access after the session. There is also the opportunity to continue discussions or conversations via email or facebook work groups after the face to face hands on awareness session. Creating inclusive communities is our aim.
  • We can also tailor our information sessions around the NDIS and help explore how it will impact across organisations.
  • We also run teacher professional development on pupil free days and we also work in staff meeting sessions after school. The program is flexible to fit in with staff requirements. It is interactive and authentic and it promotes inclusive principles. These involve disability awareness and then link it to creating real solutions for teaching curriculum and pedagogy.

Listen to some of the ideas about Inclusion when we linked up with Steve Hughes and the unit he has run at USQ.

Discovering DisAbility & Diversity links Productive Pedagogies and Curriculum Development to create real change and it explores practical examples of good teaching practices. Teachers will find this program really makes an immediate and sustained difference to their teaching. Further research opportunities will be available very soon through USQ and Discovering DisAbility & Diversity.

Objectives of the Overall Program

  • To further inclusive practices in a work related environment.
  • To allow the participants to empathise with people with disabilities and want to create better environments for all.
  • To create a process that responds to the uniqueness of individuals, increasing Presence, Access, Awareness, Participation, Opportunity and Achievement of all individuals in a learning society.
  • To welcome, accept, involve and support all individuals, as full members of a learning society.

Workshops

We run a number of different workshops that we tailor specifically to the requirements of each individual school or organisation. You tell us what you are looking for and we guarantee we will relate our sessions around your needs. We have our original DDD Sessions that explore experiential discovery of all disability. There are various hands-on activities that simulate Autism, Intellectual Impairment, vision impairment, deafness and mobility problems. Feel what it is like to be a student with Autism in a classroom or a student with hand eye coordination problems. After learners experience these disabilities in the simulated form, they then have small group discussions with the leaders who facilitate questioning and exploration on a personal level for the participants. Existing knowledge will be explored to promote and enact this inclusivity and diversity policy of Education Queensland’s, Catholic Education and Independent Schools.

  • Practical Solutions Workshop Series
    We have a new 'Practical Solutions' series of workshops that cover a wide variety of areas of inclusive practice. These can be run in staff sessions or pupil free days or whenever you and your staff choose.
  • Hidden Disabilities Staff Professional Workshop
    We also have developed more specific sessions that are based around hidden disability, disabilities that are not usually able to be seen, such as ASD, Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual Impairment, Speech Language Issues, Dyslexia and Perceptual problems.
  • Early Childhood Staff Professional Development in Diversity Workshop
    We also run our Professional Development sessions for Early Childhood Educators as well. These sessions have a particular focus for early childhood educators, both in schools and childcare settings.

Dyslexia and Hidden Disabilities Professional Development Workshop

We are often very aware of physical disabilities but find it quite a bit harder to understand disabilities like Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Intellectual Impairment, Speech language problems, Dyslexia and many other hidden disabilities. We have three main workshops that explore hidden disabilities.

These all link directly to the Queensland College of Teachers ‘Professional Standards For Queensland Teachers’ – Standard Four - Design and Implement Learning Experiences that Value Diversity & Standard Six- Support Personal Development and Participation in Society – Also linked to the National Professional Standards for Teachers –ACARA –DETA

All participants receive a Certificate for PD linking the Standards for QCT requirements for teacher registration. - Can claim the 3 hours

Workshop One - Hidden Disability & Dyslexia and Reading and Perceptual Issues literacy workshop

One of its kind workshop – combining two of our most popular workshops  – Don’t miss the chance to participate in this ‘hands on’ active, learning experience about disability and diversity…

This first one is an exciting new Professional Development designed especially around understanding and supporting literacy and understanding dyslexia, reading problems, vision problems and perceptual motor issues evident in all classrooms. This workshop also explores some of the vision problem areas as well. Based on our experiential style workshop participants will feel and see what the problems are like. We will then explore different strategies and brainstorm ideas and work like detectives to find ways to support and encourage the students we are working with. There is no money to support this area of difference so we all need to work together to create real change.

Teacher/ Teacher Aide Professional Development Sessions – For all types of Teachers and Teacher Aides –Supporting students with reading, writing and literacy problems. How to generate strategies and solutions that create real change in hidden areas such as Dyslexia - reading and perceptual difficulties and Vision problems – unique, fun, ‘hands on’ and interactive. Lots of Practical Solutions explored… We will also look at some new technology and computer based ideas that can help – i pod/pad/ flip mino/ readers etc.

Within Education we don’t really use the word Dyslexia very much anymore, however reading perceptual problems occur in every classroom. Do you have students who sometimes just don’t seem to get it?? Or they are disengaged and disinterested? Or they are great in some areas of learning and way behind in others? An invitation to participate in some exciting Professional Development designed especially for understanding and exploring literacy and dyslexia and reading problems and how they can be discovered and helped…

This workshop suits all types of teachers and teacher aides – general, special needs etc. it does not matter what area of support you work in. Small group approach. Around the table discussion and activities. Limited to 25 participants in total so be quick to book.

Sharon Boyce won the 2008 Human Rights Award for her work with this program. It creates real knowledge and understanding of difference and explores educative techniques that really work.

  • Discussions involving real life experiences.  All questions explored.
  • The sessions aim to keep inclusion progressing to create diverse learning environments.
  • PD sessions – fun, exciting, energizing and worthwhile – building on prior knowledge.  You won’t be bored!
  • All participants receive a certificate of completion for PD.
  • 10% discount voucher for Sharon’s new book– ‘Discovering Dyslexia – Uncovering some of the mysteries’ – will be released Jan 2015.
  •  It is a totally practical guide of awareness, examples, simulations and solutions.
  •  Small group sessions, guaranteed to make a difference.

To book Contact Us

The second workshop is called 'The Inclusive Classroom/ Hidden Disabilities - Teacher Professional Development'.

It aims to give all teachers a handle on understanding some of the issues and feelings that face the students in their classroom every day. It will be a positive, energizing experience that will leave your staff with key solutions they can utilise in their everyday teaching.

We base our hands on activities around five key hidden disabilities and simulate an experience of them all. These are then related to pedagogy and curriculum. All questions are answered and resources supplied. A frequent comment from teachers is that they have often spent years researching and reading about a specific disability, like ASD, and have still not understood it. However after they have experienced our simulation and discussions help them to gain a real understanding. Through experiential learning comes a deeper understanding. Hidden disabilities are very complex and very difficult to really gain a good knowledge of. Our feedback from teachers who have completed this workshop is always that they really benefited from attending and they loved the hands on nature of the session. We are confident that if all your staff do not gain help from the session we will refund your money. This positive workshop experience takes a short amount of time. It will help solve complex problems and create solutions in your school.

Our program is unique and our simulations on Autism, Intellectual and perceptual difficulties and many of the other demonstrations are very powerful. For staff that may feel like they need a little more information on some of the students in their class who are a little bit different, these sessions will really help them gain confidence and a working knowledge of hidden disability.

Third Workshop - Understanding and exploring Physical and Hidden Disabilities -

 

Think about your next staff meeting or professional development session. We can run these sessions over one hour. This hour will benefit your staff forever.

We are also running some school holiday sessions and I will put the dates, times and regions up on the home page for each block of holidays. These are usually charged on a per head rate and often individual schools will support their staff to attend. Just check with your school principal.

School based Sessions

Staff per session: maximum 50 (flexible)

Session Length Approx: 60 or 90 minutes to half day or full day. (flexible / pupil free days, staff meetings, cluster meetings…you choose.)

Cost per session: $500 - neg. depending on session length etc.

To book or enquiries: Contact Us

Early Childhood Professional Development in Diversity Workshop

We have a variety of Early Years Workshops

Our new workshop Exploring Diversity in the Early Years and Understanding the Early Years Learning Framework has been very popular.

Here are some of the participants exploring the activities at two of our most recent workshops- one in Brisbane, the other at USQ in Toowoomba - one of our new Super Saturday Sessions.

Your chance to participate in a ‘hands on’ Workshop Experience. exploring disability & diversity with Sharon Boyce (disabled author & educator, winner of DAW Award) & Dr Michael Furtado (educator & trainer) who have worked in over 650 diverse Early Childhood Settings.

Professional Development like it has never been done before!!! All active learning!

  • Experiential disability awareness with an Early Childhood Focus.
  • Based on the principals of Reggio Emilia and Vygotsky.
  • Discussions involving real life experiences. All questions explored.
  • Developing activities for your settings. Great for accreditation.
  • The sessions aim to keep inclusion progressing to create diverse learning environments.
  • 2 ½ hour sessions - fun, exciting, energizing and worthwhile - building on prior knowledge enligneviagra.net. You won’t be bored!
  • All participants receive a certificate of completion.
  • Small group sessions, guaranteed to make a difference.

We are very experienced in this area. We have run many workshops, presented at conferences and we continue to work across a number of university campuses and in many regional centres.

How we run these sessions - You can give us a ring or email to say you would like us to run a session in your region or centre or school. You choose a date and we go from there.

Where: any area you chose - we come to you - totally mobile

When: chosen date

Time: any suitable time eg. 3.00pm -5.30pm and 6.30-9.00pm Saturday - any time.

Cost: $90 per head -neg depending on numbers, distance and length of time of session.

To book or enquiries: Contact Us

Teacher Professional Development - Practical solutions workshop series

We have a new 'Practical Solutions' series of workshops that cover a wide variety of areas of inclusive practice. These can be run in staff sessions or pupil free days or whenever you and your staff choose. Practical Teaching Solutions Workshop Series. The DDA Disability Standards for Education (2005) do have teeth - What do they mean for you and your school, and your overall teaching?

These are designed for both primary and secondary teachers. They can be run for specific groups or across full school staff. We work with Principal groups across regions, guidance officers and any other session you want us to tailor to your needs.

Understand the theory/issues and knowledge – Put this all into practice with practical solutions …

A series of practical, solution-based, fun professional development workshops: You can choose one or any combination of the workshops and topics listed below. We can run them throughout the year or as a one off. You decide what your school and staff need to know. Each Workshop stands alone, however they can all build on one another as innovative, fun learning sessions. Want to add some interest to staff meetings?- Have a staff meeting series. The sessions can run after school for one to two hours or through the school day. We also conduct pupil free day half or full day sessions.

You choose the date, time and necessary content and we tailor the workshop to your request.

To enquire or ask more questions please Contact Us

Workshop list - areas you can choose or design your own

  • Workshop One – Understanding Physical disability. – hands on disability awareness of all the physical disability areas.
  • Workshop Two – Understanding and exploring hidden disability – Stands alone or can be Part One - One of our most popular workshops. This workshop explores and simulates all the hidden disability areas. Things like Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism. Intellectual Impairment, Speech Language issues, perceptual issues and Dyslexia. Often because we can’t see these differences they are a lot harder to understand and are often put under other labels such as behaviour management problems etc.
  • Workshop Three – Valuing difference and looking at the possibilities- Practical Solutions – Part Two of our hidden dis. Or stand alone- Solutions for effective planning, pedagogy and assessment for all. Discarding labels and still working effectively in the school environment. Whole of school approach.
  • Workshop Four – The Practical Inclusive Classroom - Creating a classroom that works for all. Layout and design, ideas about linking the physical environment together with students and teachers needs. The importance of a physical environment that caters for all. DDA Disability Standards for Education (2005) Utilising technologies to encourage inclusion.
  • Workshop Five-Understanding EAP’s and IEP’s  What are they and why are they important? ValidationA new approach to difference. Some simple solutions to the paper war.
  • Workshop Six - Government Legislation and Education - What are the Disability Standards for Education (2005)? Why are they so important for schools? What do they mean for teachers and schools overall? How do they impact on individuals and schools? The physical environment, the emotional environment and effective teaching and planning that caters for all.
  • Workshop Seven -Anti Bullying – Practical Strategies.
  • Workshop Eight - Understanding and discovering Dyslexia and reading and processing difficulties. Practical classroom solutions that really work and don’t cost a lot. Real solutions and clues about problems with reading.Workshop Nine - Understanding ADD and ADHD. Practical classroom strategies that do work.
  • Workshop Ten - Cross Cultural issues, - Multi cultural and Bi Lingualism and how to create a classroom that celebrates and utilises these children’s gifts within the classroom.
  • Workshop Eleven – Using music and art creatively for creating inclusion - Creating an inclusive classroom when there are many impacting issues happening. Using music, art and practical pedagogy to create a classroom and school that works and values all children. Socio emotional issues, ADD, ADHD etc.
  • Workshop Twelve - A new Approach to Behaviour Management - Using multiple Intelligences and group work to overcome behaviour management issues in the classroom.
  • Workshop Thirteen - Links to QCAR and the Essential learning frameworks.
  • Workshop Fourteen - Values education and the links to civics and diversity awareness – how to really teach and include values across your whole school.
  • Workshop Fifteen – The Prep year and Diversity - Exploring and Understanding the Prep year, Practical issues relating to the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines and the five Key components of an effective early years curriculum. Linking Diversity issues across the spectrum.
  • Workshop Sixteen – Using School Support Staff Effectively – Working with teacher-Aides and parents and others. Different strategies that value all. Group work etc.
     

Teacher Aide Professional Development

We offer a variety of teacher aide professional development workshops across a number of regions.

One of our most popular is our Understanding Hidden Disabilities in the classroom.

We also have a number of literacy and numeracy workshops and work a lot in supporting reading perceptual issues.

Teacher Aide Professional Development Sessions – For all types of Teacher Aides - Understanding and Exploring Hidden Disabilities - like Autism, Intellectual Impairments, Speech Language Problems and reading and perceptual difficulties – unique, fun, ‘hands on’ and interactive. Lots of Practical Solutions explored….

One of its kind workshop – combining two of our most popular workshops – ‘Understanding Hidden Disabilities like ASD and Asperger’s and our Reading and Perceptual Issues literacy workshop - don’t miss the chance to participate in this ‘hands on’ active, learning experience about disability and diversity…

Suits all types of teacher aides – general, special needs etc. it does not matter what area of support you work in –you can bring along your teachers too!!

Sharon Boyce won the 2008 Human Rights Award for her work with this program. It creates real knowledge and understanding of difference and explores educative techniques that really work.

The Inclusive Classroom/ Physical and Hidden Disabilities/ plus Reading / literacy & numeracy development and support - Teacher Aide & Teacher Professional Development' – Hands – on, fun learning

  • try all the different experiences
  • explore ASD  and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • understanding Dyslexia

Every day, Michael and I go into schools we are so impressed with stories of support about how well Teacher Aides are working across schools in their multitude of roles. I shouldn’t just say stories, but the actual demonstration of the help we receive is really great. Some of my most exciting workshops are with teacher aides who have worked in so many areas and different jobs that they bring a whole new perspective to the area of education. It is this team attitude that I really love, especially those who are working in the area of supporting children with their many diverse needs. Keep it up. 

  • Experiential disability awareness with hands on approach and a particular focus for teacher aides.  Explore Physical & Hidden disabilities.
  • It aims to give all participants a handle on understanding some of the issues and feelings that face the students in their classroom/care every day.  It will be a positive, energizing experience that will leave all with key solutions they can utilize in their everyday lives.
  • Discussions involving real life experiences.  All questions explored.
  • We are often more aware of physical disabilities but sometimes can find it quite a bit harder to understand disabilities like Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Intellectual Impairment, Speech language problems, Dyslexia and many other hidden disabilities.  We explore them all!
  • The sessions aim to keep inclusion progressing to create diverse learning environments.
  • Half Day PD sessions – fun, exciting, energizing and worthwhile – building on prior knowledge.  You won’t be bored!
  • All participants receive a certificate of completion.
  • Small group sessions, guaranteed to make a difference.

Understanding Hidden Disabilities

We are often very aware of physical disabilities but find it quite a bit harder to understand disabilities like Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Intellectual Impairment, Speech language problems, Dyslexia and many other hidden disabilities.

This workshop is called 'The Inclusive Society/ Hidden Disabilities - Professional Development'.  It aims to give all individuals a handle on understanding some of the issues and feelings that face the others in their world every day.  It will be a positive, energizing experience that will leave your staff with key solutions they can utilise in their everyday teaching.

We base our hands on activities around five key hidden disabilities and simulate an experience of them all. These are then related to pedagogy and curriculum. All questions are answered and resources supplied. A frequent comment from participants is that they have often spent years researching and reading about a specific disability, like ASD, and have still not understood it. However after they have experienced our simulation and discussions help them to gain a real understanding. Through experiential learning comes a deeper understanding. Hidden disabilities are very complex and very difficult to really gain a good knowledge of. Our feedback from people who have completed this workshop is always that they really benefited from attending and they loved the hands on nature of the session. This positive workshop experience takes a short amount of time. It will help solve complex problems and create solutions in your schools.

Our program is unique and our simulations on Autism, Intellectual and perceptual difficulties and many of the other demonstrations are very powerful.  For staff that may feel like they need a little more information on some of the people they have to work with who are a little bit different, these sessions will really help them gain confidence and a working knowledge of hidden disability.