Customised Accessibility Awareness Workshop
Travellers Aid can customise its half-day accessibility awareness workshops for groups in other sectors, delivering the workshops at a time and place that suits you.
It is the ideal option for organisations wanting to improve infrastructure, service and project design and delivery, both internally or externally facing.
The program is particularly suited to event organisers, tourism and hospitality venues, businesses, councils, and policy makers.
“City planners, developers, designers and architects out there should consider connecting with this great not-for-profit organisation to learn first-hand about the challenges of the city.” – Steven Weir, Social Impact Manager, Lendlease
“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, but through the training I learnt there are more opportunities to subtly improve how we architecturally design equitable spaces.” – Mia Willemsen, Senior Architect, Hassell Studio
Learning through experience is proven to have lasting impact (1). Traveller’s Aid’s Accessibility Awareness Workshop is carefully and respectfully designed so you gain insight into how people with disability might experience your spaces and services.
What happens in an Accessibility Awareness Workshop?
When you participate in one of our accessibility awareness workshops you will get a taste of the lived experience of those with disability.
Through simulated disability – such as using mobility aids or wearing glasses that approximate vision impairment – participants gain some insight into what it’s like to navigate commercial or public spaces with impairment.
After completing the simulation activity, you will join other participants and facilitators to reflect on what you’ve learned and how it can be applied in your business and community.
More than a simulation
Disability simulations show only a fraction of the picture. We know that living with disability is a complex intersection of impairment, public policy, and community attitudes.
Travellers Aid’s Accessibility Awareness Workshop is informed and co-facilitated by people with lived experience of disability.
Throughout the training, these facilitators will share their experiences with you, taking you beyond a simulated experience to gain deeper and more useful insights to take back to your organisation.
Why is this training important?
Awareness builds inclusion. Our training builds awareness by giving participants a real-world sense of the challenges faced every day by people with disability.
Experiential disability awareness training that is co-designed and co-delivered by people with disability is a powerful way to better understand disability. It can set off a lightbulb moment that sparks the passion and compassion required to make a change in your sphere of influence.
It will help you see what you can do to improve the design and delivery of built environments and services for better access and inclusion.
This type of training will also provide connections within the disability community that can be invaluable in helping you apply your learning to future access and inclusion strategies within your organisation.
Travellers Aid can run Accessibility Awareness Workshops at a place and time that suits you.
Contact us to discuss how we can help you achieve your organisation’s access and inclusion goals.
For more information or to book your next disability awareness training session email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (03) 9654 2600
Travellers Aid is an Australian registered charity and an accredited social enterprise.
- “Experiential methods have been particularly productive in the affective domain where attitude recognition prior to change is imperative and where sensitivity and support on facilitators’ part is essential” (Andresen, L., Boud, D. & Cohen, R. 1995 Experience-based learning. In Foley, G. (ed.) Understanding Adult Education and Training. Sydney: Allen & Unwin).