Our Disability Equality Training (DET) project, although currently unfunded, enables us continue to deliver DET on a limited basis, with requests being considered on merit. We have delivered DET to a wide range of organisations including: the National Probation Service, the Crown Prosecution Service, Primary Care Trusts, the Health Service, as well as numerous Local Authorities and Voluntary Sector Organisations.
When and where did DET start?
Since 1981, DET courses have been organised and run by disabled people to address the need for information about the reality of disability. Having disabled people deliver the training is a fundamental part of working towards a positive change in attitude by non-disabled course participants. DET courses enable participants to identify and address discriminatory forms of practice towards the disabled. Finding ways to challenge extant organisational behaviours that reinforce negative myths, stereotypes and/or values is one aspect of DET, and enables both disabled and non-disabled participants to recognise and promote a society where disabled people have equality of opportunity, as well as equality of expectation, to fully participate in society.
What are the objectives of DET
Once DET has been concluded, participants will be able to:
1. Reach a social, as opposed to an individual (medical), model of disability through a combination of group/individual exercises, co-participation, as well as teaching.
2. Recognise and challenge some of the common myths and false distinctions about disability/disabled people that relegates disabled people to the status of a discriminated-against minority.
3. Demonstrate the practical application of equal opportunity policies for disabled people within the respective work environments of the course participants.
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