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TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

I offer a range of workshops aimed at assisting employers and people with disabilities to have a better understanding of disability in the workplace and how its impact can be reduced.  Because of my wide experience of working with many different disabilities and in a variety of work settings, these workshops can be tailored to meet the specific needs of almost any group.  Some of the workshops which I have developed and facilitated are outlined below.

Employees and Access to Work This workshop aims to give employees a useful understanding of the Access to Work scheme and how they might make best use of it.  A major objective is to give individual employees the confidence to ask for and obtain the support which they need from Access to Work.
Employers and Access to Work This workshop provides employers with a clear understanding of how the Access to Work scheme operates.  It helps them to understand what is reasonable Access to Work support and what is not.  It also looks at the cost implications of using Access to Work, both in financial and resource terms.
Home Working Working at home can look very attractive for many people with various disabilities.  This workshop explores the various options for working from home and working at home.  The advantages and disadvantages are considered both from the perspective of an employee and of an employer.  Particular attention can be given to self-employment and home working.
Management of Support Workers Many people who are disabled are not necessarily managers in their work, yet they are given an Access to Work support worker and expected to manage that person and their work on a daily basis.  This workshop explores the roles and duties of support workers and helps the disabled person understand how they can best manage their support worker so as to retain ownership of and responsibility for their own job.
Self-Employment and Access to Work In self-employment an individual is often responsible for all aspects of running their own business.  This workshop sets out to assist disabled people in self-employment to understand the Access to Work scheme as it relates to them as individuals.  Topics covered include drawing the line between disability and business need and managing the Access to Work processes.
VI Marketing
Marketing is often thought of as a highly visual area of business, so it is no surprise that people who have a vision impairment can have difficulties in this area.  This workshop sets out to identify areas of marketing where there are particular visual difficulties and seeks to find ways of overcoming these problems.  It also tries to identify alternative ways of marketing which might be used to minimize the impact of a person's vision impairment.
VI Networking Skills Some disabilities, such as vision impairment, create particular problems for people in networking situations.  Networking is important to people in employment and probably even more so in self-employment.  This workshop looks at a variety of networking situations, the problems which they present to people who are vision impaired and how those problems may best be overcome.
VI Personal Presentation in Work This is a particularly delicate area, since it relates to how people present themselves in work situations and how they are perceived by others.  This is particularly important for people who have vision impairments.  The workshop tries to define what is appropriate personal presentation in various types of work and in different work situations.  The workshop then seeks to help individuals to examine their own personal presentation, whether it needs to be changed and how they might achieve any such changes.
VI Working the Room
A particular area of networking which is difficult for people who have a vision impairment is the room full of people found at many events.  This may be at a coffee or lunch break or it may simply be a general get-together.  In any case this is a difficult situation to manage for many people who have vision impairments.  This workshop sets out to explore ways of turning such a difficult situation to advantage so that you can get the best out of working your way around a room full of people.
You and Your Business
The purpose of this workshop is to help disabled people who choose to be self-employed to develop and run their own businesses.  Its purpose is to highlight areas where skills, experience and disability may be turned to advantage or may create disadvantages in business.  The workshop helps you to explore the reasons for wishing to run a business and gives you pointers to sources of appropriate assistance.  Realism is probably the most important element of this workshop.


Various other workshops can be arranged so as to meet specific customer or client group needs.  Workshops will generally be at least half a day in length, though longer and shorter sessions can also be arranged.  Please contact me to discuss your particular requirements.