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CeDR Seminar: Adele Hoskison-Clark & Laurence Clark Ticking Boxes: Experiences of Delivering Disability Equality Training'

Date: 18 March 2010 Time: 13.00-14.00 pm

Venue: Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) Meeting Room 1

Speakers: Adele Hoskison-Clark & Laurence Clark of Difference Matters Ltd

Title: Ticking Boxes: Experiences of Delivering Disability Equality Training'

During this seminar we will share some of our experiences of delivering Disability Equality Action Training to a wide range of statutory and voluntary organisations. We will discuss issues such as:

o How Disability Equality 'Action' training differs from Disability 'Awareness' Training.

o The importance of sharing knowledge in a way which gives participants a greater understanding of the Social Model of Disability and how to apply this within their own organisations or professional roles.

o The importance of enabling participants to identify and challenge the barriers faced by disabled people when accessing services.

o It can be frustrating that at times the delivery of Disability Equality Action Training is seen to be a standalone activity. This creates a feeling that it is a 'tick box' exercise rather than an integral part of an organisation's ethos or a key element of an organisational approach to create a cultural change.

About Adele

Adele Hoskison-Clark is a disabled woman from Liverpool. She has a degree in Applied Social Studies and a post-graduate diploma in Disability Studies from the University of Leeds. She has many years of experience working with both disabled and non-disabled young people in the educational and community fields.

Adele has personal experience of both the 'special' and 'mainstream' education systems. These experiences have fuelled her passion to work with young disabled people and support them to have choice and control in their lives. She has achieved this through working alongside other disabled people with similar values and working directly with young disabled people to develop projects. Adele's approach is grounded in the social model of disability and the removal of disabling barriers so that people with impairments can participate in their local communities on an equal level to others.

For three years Adele was the Young Disabled Person's Development Officer for Aimhigher Greater Merseyside, working to ensure that schools, colleges and universities develop inclusive practices, ensuring that disabled people are adequately represented and supported in higher education. Adele has forged strong links with a number of disabled people's organisations and at one time ran a volunteering and peer mentoring project. She has also written a children's book, "Elliott's Story - Love to Learn" for the 'All Equal All Different" teaching resource pack for early years and Key Stage 1. This pack promotes an understanding of disability and inclusion in 'early years' settings and classrooms and is published by Disability Equality in Education.

Adele is returning to study at post-graduate level and will soon be a student within the Department of Social Science at Lancaster undertaking an MA in Social Work.

About Laurence

Before becoming self employed, Dr Laurence Clark ran a project for Liverpool Primary Care Trust where he researched how the NHS can provide Accessible Health Information and communicate effectively with disabled people. Since then he has provided training and consultancy to many public authorities across the country and supported the development of a number of disabled people's organisations.

At school, Laurence was advised by the career service to focus on employment in IT. The reasoning being he could earn good money and never encounter any wheelchair access issues by working entirely from home. After studying for a PhD in Bioinformatics, Laurence decided on a complete change of direction and went back to study for an M.A. in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds. A user of self-directed support since 1992, his dissertation examined the effects of community care charging policies for personal assistance users, comparing the English and Scottish charging systems.

Laurence also works as a critically-acclaimed stand-up comedian and writer. In 2004 he was a guest reporter on BBC 2's Newsnight, presenting a short film about disability and the Abortion Act. He has written about various disability equality issues for 'The Times', 'Community Care', 'Disability Now' and has a regular column on the BBC 'Ouch' website.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Eric Emerson, Chris Hatton, Hannah Morgan, Donna Reeve, Bob Sapey, Carol Thomas

Organising departments and research centres: Applied Social Science, Centre for Disability Research CeDR, Division of Health Research


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