Disability Awareness Training

Changing Mindsets a workshop at a time

Changing Mindsets – Disability Awareness in the Workplace

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We are able to offer FREE Disability Awareness training – either online or on-site – as open programmes (for any SME or Start-Up business) or for larger organisations with groups of 6 or more managers or employees wanting to attend, we can provide bespoke workshops.

Here’s what a recent attendee thought of our Disability and Employment course: “Looking back on the sessions, I think the course structure was perfect.  The modules covered essential information for employers and the topics were accessible, fun and easy to understand.  I really liked the relaxed and inclusive feel with permission to ask questions and “get the language wrong”.  The online course format was good because I didn’t have to travel and it was just 1 or 2 hours out of my day. I am very keen to keep learning and would love the opportunity to get involved by offering work experience (or something else) in future.” (July 2020)

Current workshops:

Our Spring 2021 Open Programme series of Disability Awareness in the Workplace courses are now available to book – this link will take you through to our Events page with details of dates and times of each course.

Currently we are only able to offer online training due to Covid-19 restrictions. We aim to make our online delivery as interactive as if it was delivered face-to-face, so we ensure each session has plenty of learning activities and time for discussion, but only takes a maximum of 2 1/2 hours out of an attendee’s work schedule. Our training is delivered by experienced trainers who have either worked in the field of disability or who bring their personal lived experience as a disabled person.

Every attendee receives a Learner Pack ahead of the course which outlines what to expect for each session, plus any additional files or background reading needed for the learning activities. Then after each session, attendees receive a Learning Review document, containing a copy of the presentations (with additional notes) plus plenty of space to add their own notes and comments to enable them to apply their learning in the workplace as quickly as possible. After a course is completed, attendees also receive a Certificate of Completion (often useful as evidence of CPD – Continuous Professional Development).

We limit each course to a maximum of 15 attendees to ensure the optimum trainer-time. Online delivery is via the Zoom platform, but we can also provide courses using Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business.

The three courses in our Spring 2021 Open Programme are:

Disability and Employment – 4 Part Series

Graphic image for Disability and Employment 4 part online training courseThis online course about Disability and Employment delivered as a 4-part series for Employers, Managers and those in HR roles to find out more about how to inclusively recruit, employ and retain the best talent for your organisation. The four sessions cover:

  1. An Introduction to Disability Awareness in the Workplace, including Models of Disability, the Equality Act (2010) and Disability Discrimination
  2. Reasonable Adjustments – what the Equality Act (2010) requires of employers in terms of disability, such as what are Reasonable Adjustments
  3. Recruitment and Job Carving – how to provide/ enable an inclusive workplace and recruitment process, including ideas for Job Carving
  4. Access to Work Grant and the Disability Confident Scheme – how to apply for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Access to Work grant for employees (includes lived experience by people who have used it) and how to achieve the Disability Confident award to enhance your organisation’s reputation.

Language and Communication

Graphic image for the Language and Communication online training workshopThis practical workshop supports delegates to overcome language or communication barriers they may experience when working with disabled colleagues or customers, and how to initiate a more “comfortable” conversation. It can be used as a stand-alone course, or as a follow-on to the Disability and Employment series. The two-hour workshop covers:

  • The benefits of employing someone with additional needs – an introduction to a positive view of disability and employment and the benefits for business.
  • Language – an insight into the importance of language, disability language and etiquette and ‘what language should we use?’. You will have the opportunity to consider terms and phrases and their uses in contemporary society.
  • Communication – how can you help as a colleague or manager? This section includes a review of ‘how’ we speak and give instruction, our working environment and planning effectively.
  • Hints and Tips – practical suggestions to consider when interacting with colleagues and customers.

Accessibility for Websites

Graphic image for the Accessibility for Websites  online training workshopDesigned for business owners and managers, this workshops provides practical advice about how to make your website easier to use (for everyone!) by understanding the barriers to accessibility – and how to overcome them. As with the Language and Communication workshop, the dates in the Open Programme have been selected to enable this to be attended as a follow on course to the Disability and Employment series, or as a stand-alone workshop. The topics covered will include:

  • The commercial benefits of having an accessible website
  • The Barriers to online access
  • Practical tools and tips to enable websites to be more accessible
  • How to write an Accessibility Statement

For more details of dates and times of the Spring 2021 Open Programme, please visit our Events Page. Or if you would like more detail about the course content, or how to engage a bespoke course for your organisation, contact Be Ready’s Lead Trainer Debbie Stafford.


Please Note: Due to the way all Be Ready Employer Hub services are funded, they are only available free of charge for Devon-based employers. However, we recognise employers from outside Devon may wish to attend our online training. Therefore, we prioritise places for participants based in Devon, with bookings from other areas held on a waiting list until a space place is available. However all of the information provided in our disability awareness training is relevant only to UK-based law and regulations, which means we are unable to accept any bookings from outside the UK.