Charitable Activities Re-Start Statement

During the past six months, JustDifferent have been waiting patiently to re-start our work raising awareness of Difference and Disability in schools across the country. With the beginning of the new term upon us, we are thrilled to be able to say we are up and running and again able to deliver workshops to Primary and Secondary Schools. Recognising that there are still guidelines in place to adhere to with regard to keeping pupils, teachers and families safe from the spread of Covid-19, some changes have been made to the planning of our workshops and it would be our pleasure to work with you to find ways to continue to change negative attitudes and inspire individuals to maximise their potential. We will build on our impact achieved over 12 years in continued partnership with schools, local businesses and communities.

If you would like further information or to make a Workshop booking, please contact us.

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Workshops

Disability and difference in the workplace

Our workplace workshop packages are bespoke to each organisation and aim to ensure they feel supported and confident enough to work with disabled people.


Whether this be a recruitment consultant trying to attract disabled candidates, an employer understanding how to support a disabled employee, or a HR specialist coming to terms with reasonable adjustments. Workshops will instil organisations with the confidence and knowledge needed to succeed in their goals.

Themes and topics

Disability awareness

What is disability? How does it affect you? How should you behave around a disabled person? This broad module is designed to answer all these questions – questions people may feel uncomfortable to ask anywhere else. We will challenge stereotypes, and bust the myths surrounding disability by covering topics that include:

  • Social model of disability
  • Language and etiquette
  • Barriers faced by disabled people
  • What disability is and isn’t

How to talk about disability

Disabled or handicapped? Society is ever evolving and words can become derogatory and outdated. When we use these phrases what do we mean?

In this module we take a comprehensive look at the language surrounding disability. Delegates will leave with a clear understanding between inclusive language and political correctness.

Accessible documents

This module is designed to support participants to understand how to create documents that are accessible to more people. We will provide you with the tools needed to structure sentences differently and include certain elements which will allow everyone to engage on their own terms.

If a customer or employee cannot read what you are writing, they cannot engage, no matter how engaging the content is. By taking these simple steps you can attract the people you want to your business.

Social vs. medical model of disability

This module will challenge your thinking, give perspective and help overcome the barriers that face disabled employees and customers.

The medical model of disability views disability as a ‘problem’ that belongs to the disabled individual. It is not seen as an issue to concern anyone other than the individual affected. For example, if a wheelchair-using student is unable to get into a building because of some steps, the medical model would suggest that this is because of the wheelchair, rather than the steps.

The social model of disability, in contrast, would see the steps as the disabling barrier. This model draws on the idea that it is society that disables people, through designing everything to meet the needs of the majority of people who are not disabled. The model recognises that there is a great deal that society can do to reduce and ultimately remove, some of these disabling barriers and that this task is the responsibility of society, not the disabled person.

The social and medical model of disability
University of Leicester 2016

By incorporating this model into organisations it would give employers the ability to support their disabled staff in a more inclusive manner, ultimately taking down the barriers that their disabled employees and customers face.

The spending power of the ‘purple pound’

This module is designed to explain to businesses that they cannot afford to be inaccessible to disabled people. The spending power of disabled people in the UK is estimated to be £249 billion per annum and this is fondly referred to as the ‘purple pound’.

Businesses cannot afford to have disabled people going elsewhere to a venue, website or business that is more convenient. Accessibility encompasses the cornerstone of a business. From navigating a website, to moving around a venue, statistics have shown that one of the most common barriers in accessing a service is inexperienced staff. By taking this module, businesses will be given the tools to ensure their customer service becomes exceptional.

Availability

The workshops can either be delivered in person or are available via Zoom.