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1 Tess McManus Disability Equality Training for Museum of London

2 Our space is: confidential a safe space to speak free of mobile phones comfortable Working Together

3 By the end of the training, you will have: an understanding of the wider diversity of disabled people an understanding of disability from a removal of barriers perspective knowledge of a range of things that you can do to make the museum and the activities you run: – More accessible to disabled visitors – More accessible for disabled volunteers confidence and competence in your communication with disabled people Today’s Aims

4 Who are you ? What do you do? What are you expecting ? Are you bringing any particular issues or questions? But…

5 Small group exercise: Answer ‘True’ or ‘False’ to each of these statements 1.Most disabled people are born with their impairments - True of False? 2.Most people have a disabled family member or friend - True or False? 3.Disabled people are as likely to be employed as non disabled people - True or False? 4.Most disabled people are wheelchair users - True or False? Facts & Figures Quiz

6 1.Most disabled people are born with their impairments False Facts & Figures Quiz - Answers

7 2. Most people have a disabled family member or friend True The 2001 census states that there are 11 million disabled people in the UK. That equates to around 1:5 of the adult population. Facts & Figures Quiz - Answers

8 3. Disabled people are as likely to be employed as non disabled people False In 2006, there were 2.5 million disabled men and women in the UK without work. The number of disabled people claiming benefits has increased threefold since DWP The employment rates of disabled people – 2006 Facts & Figures Quiz - Answers

9 4. Most disabled people are wheelchair users False Facts & Figures Quiz - Answers

10 More than 1.4 million Londoners are disabled. National Statistics Online, Census 2001, One in every 4 Londoners has a family member or close friend who is disabled. The likelihood of becoming disabled increases with age: 8 per cent of Londoners between 16 and 24 are disabled, compared with 23 per cent of those between 55 and retirement. Disabled people and the Labour Market in London: Key Fact, Analysis of the 2005 Annual Population Survey by Lorna Spence(2007) in DMAG Briefing , Greater London Authority. London’s Disabled Population

11 Traditional (“Medical”) Model “Confined to a wheelchair” Can’t climb stairs Is sick Needs help Has a bitter attitude Needs a cure Is housebound Can’t use hands Can’t walk Can’t talk Can’t see or hear Needs a Doctor Needs Institutional care

12 Social Model Badly designed buildings Hypocrisy No parking spaces Segregated Education Lack of PAs Poverty & low income Inaccessible transport Isolated families No lifts Prejudiced attitudes Poor job prospects

13 Social Model…in an ideal world Accessible transport Part of the community Inclusive attitudes Good building design Parking spaces Inclusive Education Support workers Good income Lifts Good job prospects

14 Medical Model Weak hands so cannot open jar Social Model Packaging needs re-designing Example: Medical & Social Models

15 Impairment: an injury, illness or congenital condition that causes or is likely to cause a long- term effect on physiological or psychological functions. Disability: the loss or limitation of opportunities to take part in society on an equal level with others due to social and environmental barriers. Impairment & Disability

16 Physical Informational / Communication Attitudinal Types of Discrimination/Barriers

17 Jane has an impairment. She has ME and gets tired after a couple of hours. She needs to sit with her feet slightly propped up. She has issues with short term memory once she becomes tired and gets headaches if she has to look at small print for any length of time. As part of her PhD research she and would like to volunteer on the information desk at your museum. What could be done to ensure that she is not disabled within that setting? Impairment & Disability

18 Mobility impairments Learning difficulties Mental health issues Visual impairments Hearing impairments Hidden impairments / long term health conditions Impairment Groups

19 Equality Act 2010 Cross-cutting legislative framework to safeguard the rights of individuals from ‘protected characteristic’ groups. Updates, simplifies and, in some areas, strengthens previous equalities legislation. Provides a single framework of discrimination law to protect individuals from unfair treatment.

20 What / who the Equality Act covers The ‘protected characteristics’ are: Age Disability Gender reassignment Marriage and civil partnership Race Religion or belief Sex Sexual orientation

21 Discrimination is said to occur if: an individual receives no service or a lesser service for reasons relating to their disability (for example, a visually impaired person received less or no information about an exhibit then a non disabled person) a service is unreasonably difficult or impossible for a disabled person to use (for example, a short film clip about an exhibition has no subtitles and cannot be understood by a Deaf person) Goods and Services

22 Making a reasonable adjustment means doing things another way In the previous exercise, we identified a range of barriers which might impact on disabled people from different impairment groups Now we are going to look at solutions Reasonable Adjustments

23 Working in teams we would like you to list all the offensive terms you have ever seen and heard to describe disabled people e.g. in the media. You will not be asked to call them out if you feel uncomfortable doing so – we would just like you to discuss and list them. Where Language Takes Us Exercise: Language impacts on how people understand and interact with disabled people.

24 Handicap – the root of this word comes from “cap-i’-hand” and relates to begging. Cripple – originates from the word “creep” and also relates to places where disabled people were allowed to beg, Cripplegate. Invalid – relates to the ‘validity’ of wants and views of an individual. Neb (Yiddish) Amathon (Gaelic) – both mean “fool” or “idiot” and show us that many cultures have a negative response to disability. Where Language Takes Us Feedback


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