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Inspiring young people and positively influencing others to be inclusive is what drives us here at Ability Consultancy (NW) Ltd. We have been delighted to be delivering in-person (and online during COVID) disability awareness training as the chosen partner for The Prince’s Trust and the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

The Prince’s Trust programme has been helping thousands of young people to change their lives since 1992. Their work, like ours, is guided by the values of social responsibility and inclusiveness.

Training Partners

Ability Consultancy specialise in a wide spectrum of disability awareness training services and use lived experiences to support organisations across all sectors. All our courses are developed and delivered by disabled people, allowing attendees to understand challenges people with disabilities face first-hand. We were chosen to work with small groups of young people to provide an introductory yet powerful experience to disability.

Latest Courses

The latest courses, held at Accrington and Morecambe fire stations lasted around 3 hours and our qualified trainers ensured a fun, learning-focused, participant-driven session, using a wide range of delivery methods.

The courses covered the following areas:

  • Definition of disability
  • What are physical disabilities?
  • What are hidden disabilities?
  • The correct and incorrect uses of terminology
  • Characteristics of disability (visual impairment, hearing impairment, neurological conditions, learning impairment)
  • Experience disability first hand – practical session (in-person sessions only)
  • The law – Disability Hate Crime, Equality Act overview
  • Question and Answer Session

Course Objectives

Claire, the founder of Ability Consultancy said of the sessions:

The Ability Consultancy training sessions use lived experience of disability to open people’s eyes and think differently about disability. We offer an open and approachable leadership style to young people and are importantly non-judgemental. This helps us to really connect with each individual and help them to ask the awkward questions, be curious about disability and develop their communication, teamwork, and empathy skills.”

Course Feedback

We are thrilled with some of the feedback from the sessions.

“Claire is very knowledgeable and has taught me new things. I really enjoyed it, thanks.”

“I only really know about deafness but now I know loads more about hidden disabilities.”

“Learnt a lot about different types of disabilities and the hands-on involvement was insightful.”

Designed by Disabled People

When developing the courses, we wanted everyone to be able to put themselves in the shoes of a disabled person, so it was important to include some kind of practical experience.  We are very pleased that these elements proved to be both enjoyable and insightful, and we have more sessions planned later in the year.

The Ability Consultancy training sessions are designed and delivered by disabled people and are tailored for children and young people, adults and professionals in schools, community settings or businesses.

To find out more about our services, click on the appropriate sector to follow the link to our relevant webpage.

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