Training course

Do you have questions about visual impairment?

Just wanted to highlight a course being held by Visualise Training and Consultancy this September and October that may be of interest:

  • How do I support a visually impaired person?
  • Is visual language such as “see you later” offensive?
  • How do I guide someone with sight loss?
  • How can I ensure my business is accessible for people with sight loss?
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Visual Impairment training

These courses are intended to raise awareness of visual impairment, and best business practice in supporting VI customers and colleagues. Informative, motivational and inspiring.

You will gain an understanding of:

  • The main eye conditions and the importance of eye health care
  • How to safely guide a person with a visual impairment
  • Appropriate language and effective communication, is it ok to say “see you later”?
  • Reasonable adjustments as per the Equality Act 2010

Book your place in Cardiff or London

Alison Skellern, AGCAS Disability Task Group, De Montfort University

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AGCAS training event. Seeing the unseen: How to spot and support students with non-visible disabilities

Date June 1st 2017, Venue: Imperial College London, now open to all AGCAS members

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Venue: Imperial College London

The aim of this event is to increase participants’ confidence and knowledge when working with students with non-visible disabilities, and will cover the following –

  • What is a “non-visible” disability?
  • Positive self-marketing for students: Role models, and examples of strengths and attributes of those with a non-visible disability.
  • Signs and symptoms of some of the more common non-visible disabilities.
  • Hints and tips for supporting students with a non-visible disability, including information resources.

There will be contributions from two university careers services (De Montfort University, Leicester and the London School of Economics) and a speaker with experience of overcoming a non-visible disability to succeed in the workplace: Our speaker is Edward Howlin, IT Delivery Manager at the Food Standards Agency. Edward is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and will be talking about his own experiences as a student, an employee, and an employer with a non-visible disability.

Some interactive group work will be included as well as the opportunity to share good practice and useful resources.

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You probably noticed that last week was World Autism Awareness week – there were hundreds of awareness raising events going on across the UK and a lot of the UK press published associated articles. The overriding message during this week from the National Autistic Society (NAS) is that better understanding will mean autistic people are better able to lead the lives they choose. To promote the event NAS also produced this video to raise awareness of how some autistic people can be overwhelmed by too much information.

It’s interesting to see however how ‘raising awareness’ can take different approaches depending on the charity/ pressure group involved and even the country it takes place in.

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“Why be ‘normal”? – Rosie King

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Reader’s corner…

A couple of articles I spotted recently that might be of interest to our blog followers…

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The BBC carried an article back in February, Perfect storm: The agency for disabled talent which highlights VisABLE – an agency for disabled actors, presenters and models.

Safety and Health Practitioner reported from mental health charity Mind, in an article aimed at employers wanting to promote a mentally healthy workplace, How to manage severe mental health problems

Happy reading!

Alison Skellern, AGCAS Disability Task Group, De Montfort University

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Let’s Talk

Here’s a quirky little film that I thought I’d share – aimed at employers to help them discuss mental health with their staff.

This film has been produced through the MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative which provides managers, businesses and organisations with information, support and training regarding staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.

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“Talking about mental health at work is difficult for everyone concerned. Beginning as a black and white, silent movie, Let’s Talk portrays the difficulties that arise through poor communication. As the film progresses, it gains both colour and a voice as we see how talking to each other enables support and understanding.”

Watch now at https://youtu.be/K6ThH_1aDf4

Find out more about MINDFUL EMPLOYER.

Claire Byron, AGCAS Disability Task Group, Newcastle University

 

 

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Finding work interactive eBook – free resource from the National Autistic Society

I recently came across this workbook in the NAS online shop work – our blog readers may find it of interest.

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Description

“This digital workbook is designed to help autistic adults prepare themselves for employment.

Developed by employment experts at The National Autistic Society, it will support you through the job finding process with information and activities at each stage.

Topics include understanding your autism better, choosing a suitable role, applying for roles, preparing for and getting through interviews, finding work experience, working on your communication and social skills, managing anxiety and preparing for the workplace.

How to use this digital workbook

To have the best experience of this workbook, you’ll need to view it using Adobe Reader software, which you can download for free.”

Download your free workbook copy at:

http://www.autism.org.uk/findingwork

Alison Skellern, AGCAS Disability Task Group, De Montfort University

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