As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, all DESSA courses are now delivered online. 

As a national community development organisation, DESSA's aim is to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability and their families can participate equally as full citizens. DESSA has considerable experience in delivering tailor made equality training to adults with disabilities, family members and staff and volunteers within the community & voluntary and statutory sectors. 

DESSA can tailor courses to suit the needs of participants.

What is the difference between Disability Awareness Training and Disability Equality and Inclusion Training?

Disability Awareness Training tends to focus on giving information about various disabilities with a view to conveying what the needs and experiences of disabled people are. Some trainers will provide an opportunity to wear blindfolds or give people the experience of sitting in a wheelchair. While this type of training can create some opportunity to think about disability issues it is often criticised as it places the disabled person in the role of the victim.

Disability Equality Training on the other hand strives to place the issues facing disabled people in the context of equality. It explores disability by looking at the Medical and Social Models of disability and aims to support peoples’ understanding of disability as a human rights issue.