You should never assume you know everything there is to know about a disabled child or adults needs, it is poor practice to offer your services or facilities without some up to date knowledge of the current accepted terminology, law, medical requirements.
Understanding the many needs of disabled children and adults is an area that requires careful considerations. If your a committee member, fishery owner, local authority or business the likelihood is that disabled people will want to visit your service. Do you know the best ways to greet your visitors, facilities & access required, up to date preferred terminology. Are you also aware of your legal obligations as a service provider under the new Equality Act 2010. If not then a Disability & Access awareness workshop could not only provide this information but also potentially increase the membership or revenue to your service.
Most people with little or no knowledge of disability have a misconception that the wheelchair user is the recognised & accepted disability; people with hidden disabilities, mental health problems, balance or impairments as a result of a head injury don't get recognised in the same context. The presumption is that wheelchair users have good upper body strength, and so only require basic facilities; even some disabled people confuse this by reassuring fishery owners where there is a will, there is a way attitude which although a positive way of thinking for one individual also gives a confusing message as not all wheelchair users can adopt this attitude unless there is physical access for them to show this.
BDAA offer awareness by educating clubs, fishery owners etc on the real meaning of disability, its wide ranging impairments and effects disability can have. Most of all we help identify how those disabled who need additional considerations are not able to participate in our sport until this issue is better understood. Our awareness courses cover subjects such as:
- Access requirements
- Equality act 2010
- Designing for accessibility
- Models of disability
The disability awareness workshop costs £50.00 per person (minimum 10 persons) which includes refreshments, workshop trainer, certificates, buffet style lunch.
Booking a disability and access awareness workshop.
Download, and complete a disability awareness & access workshop application form which are available in our resource section of this website. The form will ask for important information such as your groups location in England or Wales, contact details, any special needs requirements, preferred dates, size of the group. In our reply we will inform you if we have project funds available to support your day, or the cost to your group.