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With individualised assistive tools and strategies in place, life-enhancing results are possible. Our workshops promote this vision, focusing upon two main areas of collective knowledge: lived experience and expertise:

Assistive technology, strategies & approaches

Bespoke workshops designed to introduce you to Assistive Technology (AT). We have developed an integrated approach, combining study strategies with assistive technologies to enable you to flourish and complete everyday tasks with confidence and independence.

Amazing Apps: Accessibility for the Road Ahead

This workshop will introduce you to the world of amazing assistive apps!

Smartphones and tablets are increasingly becoming everyday study and learning technologies. In the session, we will provide an overview of how you can enhance study strategies by using a range of apps for Apple iOS and Android tablets/smartphones.

We have tried and tested a wealth of apps/software which encompass many facets of studying and university life. 

We have explored tools for: 

  • Planning and composition (mapping and voice recognition)
  • Reading & research (text-to-speech)
  • Scanning and conversion (OCR), 
  • Revision (flashcards)
  • Note-taking (recording) 
  • Organisation
  • Time and task management
  • Spelling and proofreading
  • Presentations and inclusive assessment
  • Well-being and mindfulness

By the end of the session, attendees will:

  • Have developed their understanding of popular free assistive apps.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of why certain assistive apps benefit students and how these can overcome particular barriers.
  • Be able to identify potential apps and in-built strategies for students who may be struggling in certain study areas. 
  • Have an improved understanding of how free apps work alongside Microsoft 365 and PC/MAC in-built software.
  • Be up to speed with recent app developments and updates.
  • Be able to implement apps and strategies that foster efficiency into assessments

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Amazing Apps: Supporting Your Mental Health

This workshop provides an overview of how you can use apps to support your mental health.

Smartphones and tablets are everyday tools for students and professionals. We think it’s important that there is more awareness made of the apps which can really play a positive role in everyday life. In this workshop, we will:

  • Talk about the benefits of supporting your mental health
  • Enhance your knowledge of apps that support mental health
  • Explore through hands-on demonstrations apps that D&A technology trainers use and would recommend when looking to support your mental health

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AT Exploration: Brain in Hand

This workshop explores how you can make the most of Brain in Hand, a digital support system that helps people with decision making, managing anxiety, and dealing with unexpected situations.

Brain in Hand is not condition-specific. It is better thought of as an aid for people who find it hard to remember things, experience anxiety, or have difficulties with executive function: for example, planning and organising, initiating tasks and responding to unplanned situations. These challenges are common to many conditions, notably autism, a range of mental health difficulties, and some learning difficulties.

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AT Exploration: Dragon Dictation

This workshop will explore the tangible benefits of Dragon, a speech-to-text tool that allows you to dictate directly into a variety of computer programs such as Microsoft Word.

Dragon can support users with specific learning differences like dyslexia or dyspraxia to dictate and edit documents using voice commands. The more it is used, the more accurate and personalised it becomes. 

Dragon also allows users to control most aspects of their computer using voice commands, supporting users who find keyboard and mouse control inaccessible to operate their computers without assistance.

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AT Exploration: Evernote

An introduction to using Evernote, including a variety of simple techniques for improving organisation, aiding memory and managing anxiety. The workshop will feature a hands-on exploration of this cross-platform tool: laptop, MacBook, iPhone/iPad, Samsung/HTC, smartphone/tablet – all are welcome!

Evernote has entered the common lexicon, featuring on many “Top Apps” lists and is highly praised by technology experts. It is being used by many students, some of whom find it pre-installed on their DSA computers. But with all its potential, approaching it can seem daunting, especially if trying to advise a student on the best ways to use it.

This hands-on workshop is here to help! We will look at how Evernote can augment the existing strategies that you and your students already use, with powerfully enabling results. During the workshop, you will explore the features and functions of Evernote both on a Windows PC/Apple MAC, as well as a variety of additional interconnected smartphone and tablet applications that make Evernote an invaluable tool for both study and everyday tasks.

Attendees are required to bring at least one compatible device (laptop/tablet/smartphone – the more the merrier) with Evernote installed. Diversity and Ability will provide easy-to-follow guides to install the application on various devices, and create an account.

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AT Exploration: Google Keep

Google Keep is a superb cloud-based note-taking tool. You can type notes, create reminders, build lists, add photos, or use audio to help capture what’s on your mind. 

Google Keep’s visual layout organises all of your notes like sticky notes on a bulletin board. All of your Google Keep notes are stored on the cloud so they are accessible from any device. 

The workshop will include live demos and we welcome attendees to have Google Keep downloaded on their phones or open on their web browser.

By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:​

  • Better understand how Google Keep works in the cloud and learn how to access it on both their mobile devices and desktop web browsers.
  • Create multimedia notes and organise them based on your preferred learning and working style.
  • Utilise labels, colour codes and lists to arrange ideas.
  • Set to-do lists and synchronise them with other Google Apps.
  • Set smart reminders based on time or location, combining this with specific notes, lists or images.
  • Annotate photos by drawing, writing on, or highlighting important parts of an image.
  • Transcribe printed notes or words into text.

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AT Exploration: Prezi

Prezi is a new and innovative way of making presentations. Instead of the linear structure of PowerPoint and Keynote, Prezi is a canvas on which you can paint your ideas, and then create a route for the presentation to zoom or slide to each significant point. With more and more institutions favouring this engaging approach to presenting, giving your staff and/or students the chance to learn the ropes could be a fantastic way of helping them to keep up with these developments.

Our Prezi workshop will take you through the very first steps of how to create an account (with the bonuses of signing up for an educational license) and navigating the editing environment, right the way through to adding sequential animations, audio tracks and YouTube videos, in order to make the most of this tool’s multisensory potential.

During this workshop, you will also learn how to:

  • Utilise the presentation editing tool
  • Choose and customise the templates and themes
  • Add text, images, videos and audio 
  • Create and edit your presentation order
  • Share your presentation for either viewing or editing
  • Present remotely, with up to 40 different computers viewing simultaneously

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AT Exploration: Zotero

Do you … ?

  • … save random URLs in a Word or Google Doc?
  • … save article PDFs on your desktop and as email attachments?
  • … have a pile of article printouts sitting on your desk?
  • … write down citations on sticky notes and post them to your monitor?
  • … stay up late the night before an essay is due reconstructing your citations?

If you answered yes to any of the above … the answer is YES, you need Zotero, a powerful tool for organising citations and creating bibliographies

Among its many benefits, Zotero allows you to:

  • Collect bibliographic information with the click of a button instead of typing 
  • Gather references as you research – instead of at the last minute 
  • Automatically style references according to Harvard or Chicago or whichever style you choose

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Mobile Assistive Technology

Smartphones and tablets are now designed with a range of exciting built-in assistive technologies. In this workshop, we will explore how mobile tools can support your study strategies.  

The workshop balances practical exploration and discussion of how mobile AT can reinforce and support agile and integrated study strategies. We will look at:

  • Text-to-speech
  • Voice recognition
  • Note-taking 
  • Mind mapping

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Strategies for Support: Blind & Vision Loss

This session examines types of blindness and vision loss and explores some of the strategies available to support visual impairment in work and education.

We will demonstrate some of the most useful mobile and desktop apps and will signpost to a range of other useful strategies and technologies for individuals with Visual Impairment/Vision Loss/Blindness.

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Strategies for Support: Deaf & Hearing Loss

This workshop will give an introduction to types of d/Deafness and hearing impairment and explore some of the strategies available to support hearing impairment in work and life in general.

We will cover inclusive adaptations that everyone can make to their methods of communication as well as tools that hearing-impaired people can use to help access the world.

We will demonstrate how mobile apps can be used for amplification and transcription and will signpost to a range of other useful strategies and technologies.

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Inbox & Digital Calendar

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

Our inboxes and calendars underpin much of our work, but are we using them to their fullest potential? ​

The abundance of buttons and tabs can put some people off; it can seem confusing and complicated, especially when coordinating meetings, documents, tasks and reminders. But it’s quite brilliant, and most people just need a point in the right direction. ​

In this session, we will explore many of the under-used features of your inbox and calendar. ​

From automated email filtering and tasking to synchronised location reminders and meeting agendas, we will provide a space for you to practice how to embed new skills into your current working routines. ​

Throughout the session, we will keep accessibility in mind and will highlight how particular features utilise built-in assistive technology, such as speech-to-text to improve access and useability.

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Microsoft 365 and/or the Google suite

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

Almost all of us use Microsoft 365 or the Google Suite on a daily basis however we might not be using these programs to their fullest potential. Both Microsoft and Google have built their suites to include programs that work better together. By understanding how each program complements the other, users can start working more accurately and efficiently. 

Features are added all the time to make Microsoft 365 and the Google suite an excellent AT tool for students. This hands-on workshop will bring these to life,  focusing on the most important underused features. 

We will also share and discuss the ways in which these features can be used as part of wider assistive strategies for assignment writing.

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Mental Health & Wellbeing

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

This workshop will be focused on developing positive well-being, self-care, and developing techniques to improve motivation and productivity. Anxiety and stress greatly impact learning and study and so we will explore tools that help instil a sense of calm and minimise feelings of being overwhelmed.

In this workshop, we will also:

  • Talk about the benefits of supporting your mental health
  • Enhance your knowledge of apps that support mental health
  • Explore through hands-on demonstrations apps that D&A technology trainers use and would recommend when looking to support your mental health

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Notetaking

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

This workshop is focused on how technology can be used to improve the speed, accuracy and usefulness of note-taking.

We will be discussing a number of solutions that are available to you, looking at how they can be implemented within both the Microsoft 365 suite and your own study style and note-taking habits.

In particular, we will be looking at Audio Notetaker, a note-taking solution that gives you the ability to record, make typed notes, add drawings, and take photos on the go. We will then look at how this information can be viewed, condensed and absorbed to make revision less daunting.

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Managing Your Workload, Time & Ideas

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

Often find your head full of tasks, ideas, and deadlines? Is your desk sometimes littered with sticky notes and to-do lists? ​

If so (or if you work alongside someone like this) then this workshop is for you!​

In this session, we will look at what technology exists outside of the Microsoft suite to improve your ability to manage your workflow, time and ideas more efficiently.​

We will begin by looking at digital mind mapping and how this can be adapted to not necessarily replace but to enhance your current working style.​

Next, we will look at how your thoughts and ideas, once organised, can be developed into an effective workflow. ​

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Presenting

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

In this workshop, we will discuss presenting and how you can use technology to boost your presentation skills, both in terms of how you deliver information but also how it is displayed to your audience.

Microsoft Powerpoint has been used for years and yet many still aren’t fully aware of all its hidden tips and tricks and likewise, Google Slides is becoming ever more popular with students who want to work collaboratively. In this workshop, we will look at both of these solutions and how they can be used to create and deliver interesting and informative presentations.

With study and working life moving ever further online, we will also use this workshop to discuss how best to use this technology alongside Microsoft Teams to deliver effective online presentations.

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Procrastination

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

In this workshop, we will cover how to use technology to stay focused while studying remotely. Avoiding distractions and creating an effective study space in your home can be a challenge. However, there are strategies and solutions that can be put in place to better organise your work and study flow.

In particular, we will:

  • Discuss ideas to create better work/life separation while working at home to make it easier to work and also rest and relax
  • Consider strategies to create an effective computer desktop workspace, including file/cloud management and screen/font colour, size and brightness
  • Encourage the importance of timetabling for self-study and use of task-based time planning to prioritise correctly

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts; Reading & Proofreading

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

This workshop will be focused on using text-to-speech tools, such as ClaroRead Plus, to make reading/proofreading both quicker and more efficient.

We will explore how text-to-speech tools can be used to read aloud books, chapters, journals and web pages, using a variety of different voices. We will also practice turning audio into MP3 files, to facilitate listening on the go, which can be a great way of combating fatigue when working through the set reading lists.

We will also explore how these tools can be used to polish written work, hearing an essay read out loud can highlight missing words, errors, and lack of clarity.

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Remaining Organised, Focused & Motivated

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

Run by assistive technology experts, this workshop will look at how students can utilise simple tips and tricks to organise their work, focus their motivation, and save themselves time while they study.

Worried that students will forget to do that seminar preparation? That they won’t have time to write down lecture notes? Or that they’ll need support with tools to reference properly?

Not a problem! From built-in iOS and Android features to the Microsoft 365 suit, this workshop will give students an understanding of what solutions are out and how they can work best for their learning style.

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Research & Referencing

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

In this workshop, we will look at strategies to improve your ability to research and reference, this includes both in-built Microsoft 365 tools and specific software designed to make these tasks quicker and more accurate.

In particular, we will look at the referencing tool Zotero. This program allows students to create citations and bibliographies in a quick and simple way.

Zotero also enables you to collect referencing details from books, journals and web pages just by clicking a button in the web browser. You can then choose from hundreds of different referencing styles, eliminating stress over formatting and stylisation.

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Revision & Preparation For Exams

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

Run by assistive technology experts, this workshop will look at how students can utilise simple tips and tricks to organise their revision, meet deadlines, and remain calm and focused throughout the assessment period.

In particular, the session will look at how students can use the Microsoft 365 suite along with mind mapping solutions, text-to-speech software, and focus apps to enhance their ability to create an effective study and revision strategy.

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Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts: Writing & Planning

Technology can make studying a whole lot easier.  At Diversity and Ability, we believe that all students should have access to assistive technology, no matter their ability.

The aim of the ‘Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts’ workshop series is to provide additional awareness and training on the assistive technologies that are widely available to students.

The webinar will focus on how to better use technology to plan and produce large written assignments. We will explore tools that ensure good ideas are not lost, can be developed further and then linked to create strong, well-evidenced pieces of work.

In particular, we will be covering mind-mapping and speech-to-text tools. When used together, alongside Microsoft 365, you will find you are able to more effectively create, organise and develop your work, maintaining better focus and motivation throughout.

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Two-day Comprehensive Assistive Technology Workshop

This two-day workshop will provide hands-on training with both the leading DSA software packages and the latest smartphone and tablet apps. This workshop can take place at your institution or at our Brighton training suite where accommodation can be organised as part of the cost. 

The DSA programs will include: 

  • Text-to-speech: ClaroRead, TextHelp and free alternatives 
  • Mind mapping: Inspiration, MindView and the free package XMind
  • Speech recognition:  Dragon Naturally Speaking 

Together, these packages form the core of DSA provision for SpLD students. But this won’t be one for the techies: our focus is on the enabling strategies these programs facilitate and the AT skills needed to employ those strategies. 

We will also see how free and low-cost apps can complement traditional DSA provision. These AT alternatives can be used to help address the imbalances that many learners face when restricted from accessing AT support via the DSA. With learning landscapes dramatically changing, forging forwards we must ensure that support provided encompasses all diverse learners in Higher Education, including those ineligible for DSA, keeping it agile and inclusive to all!

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Equality, diversity & inclusive practice

Bespoke workshops focusing on understanding legislation, disability and neurodiversity, reasonable adjustments, and inclusive practice. 

Core Disability Awareness Workshop: Changing The Way We Understand Disability​

Former NUS Disabled Students Officer, Piers Wilkinson shares their own lived experience as a disabled person to discuss how we can change the way we perceive and understand disability. ​

Piers explores the concept of disability, how disablism arises, and why inclusive practice is essential – giving attendees a space to consider and reassess their own understanding of what disability is.​​

Piers demonstrates how certain biases exist, particularly in education, that manifest and often create disabling and unproductive environments, to the detriment of all. ​

However, it is not all doom and gloom, and attendees will see how inclusive and accessible change is not only the right thing to do but will contribute to a more positive and creative world. 

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Careers: Beyond Higher Education​

In 2020, disabled graduates had a lower employment rate (73.4%) than non-disabled graduates (88.4%). In addition, the inactivity rate, which is based on graduates neither working nor actively seeking employment, for disabled graduates (22.4%) was more than double the rate for non-disabled graduates (8.4%) (Department for Education 2021).​

As disability practitioners in Higher Education, we are in a valuable position to decrease the disabled graduate employment gap. Traditionally the language has focused on students’ underachievement or lack of attainment, whereas it should focus on the institutional culture, curriculum, and pedagogy.  ​

In this session, we will look at disabled graduate employment confidence and what institutions can do to help bridge the gaps between degree attainment and employment. This includes an introduction to:​

  • Equality rights and legal status ​
  • Disability positive employers and jobs listings​
  • The Access to Work scheme ​
  • Internships, work experience and graduate schemes ​
  • Signposting to effective local organisations and resources

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Careers: Bridging The Disability Employment Gap

In this session, we will highlight the importance of careers services for disabled graduates, with a particular focus on the unique challenges that exist and how they can begin to be overcome.

We will examine the physical, digital and systemic barriers that face disabled graduates when identifying and pursuing a career.

Attendees will come away from the session with a strong awareness of what they can enhance within their role to better:

  • Build trust and rapport with disabled students seeking support from the Careers Service.
  • Engage with student and disability services across the university to create a more joined-up approach.
  • Highlight accessibility factors to consider when applying for roles and where students can find accessible job boards.
  • Understand the Access to Work and Disability Confident employer scheme.

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Careers: The Disclosure Dynamic & Equality Act

This session will explore two key questions asked by disabled graduates:

  • Why, how and when should I share my diagnosis with a potential employer?
  • What are my rights when faced with inaccessibility and discrimination?

Disclosing or sharing a mental health condition, disability, long term illness and/or learning difference with an employer can be a hugely personal act. Many graduates are concerned that disclosing will have a detrimental effect on their careers.

By first looking at the disclosure dynamic, we will give the Careers Service an understanding of what it means to disclose and, therefore the tools to better advise students who voice this concern.

The second half of the session will examine what the Equality Act 2010 means for employers and disabled employees.  We will look at why it exists and what graduates should expect as a legal benchmark for accessibility in the workplace.

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Disability History & Theory Through Time

Where do the models of disability come from and how do they shape the principles that should be championed today?​

​In this workshop, we will explore disabled people’s history in the UK.

From The Idiots Act to the Equality Act, attendees will learn how our behaviour towards disability has evolved over time.

By understanding the historical experiences of disabled people, we can reconsider the models of disability, their uses, and ways to develop a stronger and more progressive understanding of disability.

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Dismantling Bias & Celebrating Diversity

This session will explore how we can examine and dismantle bias by raising awareness, presenting the benefits and setting a baseline by which positive change can take place. ​

Looking at bias through the lens of all forms of diversity, we will explore:​

  • Implicit bias and how it occurs​
  • The implications of unchecked bias​
  • Increased understanding of diversity and of hidden difference​
  • Developing a celebratory approach to diversity​

By increasing our awareness of our privileges and biases, we can ensure that the university is an inclusive, safe space where all feel welcomed. 

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DSA Changes & The Road Ahead

This workshop is aimed at HEI staff wanting to gain a firmer understanding of anticipatory duty and the implications of the scheduled DSA changes.

The Department for Education and the Student Loans Company (SLC) have outlined guidance of changes to Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) for 2020/21 and beyond. Guidance emphasises greater responsibility for HEIs in providing support for disabled and neurodiverse students in accordance with the Equality Duty (2010). This full-day workshop provides:

  • An understanding of the Equality Duty (2010) the public sector equality duty and the responsibility of HEIs to make reasonable adjustments
  • An overview of the proposed changes to DSAs
  • An understanding of the new responsibilities placed upon institutions
  • a facilitated discussion to explore areas for development for embedding inclusive practice

The workshop is semi-structured, part presentation, part seminar, part activities. This will also include discussion where the final goal will be to set a number of objectives for an action plan for your HEI to prepare for changes on the road ahead.

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Everyday Mindfulness & Managing Anxiety

The workshop focuses on the importance of students taking a mindful approach to their studies to manage stress and anxiety.

Mindfulness is growing in popularity with the recognition of academics and professionals of the everyday benefits of embedding mindful strategies in increasing general wellbeing. This workshop draws on principles and practices of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to:

  • Explore and recognise the symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Understand mindfulness and how it can support mental resilience and wellbeing
  • Practice mindfulness – exploring a variety of mindfulness exercises for everyday wellbeing including the three-minute breathing space, mindfulness of body and breath and moving meditation
  • Introduce assistive technology and mobile apps for mindfulness and wellbeing

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Embedding a Culture Of Wellbeing

This workshop will raise awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing. We will explore:

  • What we understand by mental health and wellbeing, challenging common assumptions and prejudices
  • How mental health problems are assessed, classified and diagnosed
  • Understanding and recognising the causes of mental health, and different models (medical and social)
  • A range of common and complex mental health conditions – recognising signs and symptoms, treatment and support
  • Basic principles of support focusing on a person-centred approach and mindfulness – including mindfulness practice
  • Managing risk and crisis
  • Embedding wellbeing – promoting a culture of positive mental health, wellbeing, and mindfulness

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Evolution Of Disability Language & Rights

Navigating the language landscape of disability may feel like rolling through a minefield. However, in this workshop, we will explore where the UK’s language of disability has come from, and why the disabled community use the language they do today.​

Attendees will come away from the workshop with the confidence to inclusively communicate with disabled people. We will also establish communication principles that can be shared will others, allowing for continuity when it comes to language.

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Inclusivity Through Digital Accessibility

In the same way buildings should have wheelchair ramps, digital text should be readable. It sounds straightforward, and yet because of knowledge gaps, it can often be overlooked.

In this session, we will introduce you to the digital space and how we can embed simple accessibility principles and practices effortlessly into our workflows to make digital content accessible for all.

In particular, we will cover:

  • What is gained from producing accessible digital content
  • A legislative context for making content accessible
  • An exploration of how to ensure your documents are accessible, specifically PDF documents and how we can improve their accessibility​
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and accessibility​
  • An introduction to Assistive Technology software and in-built tools to not only access but create accessible content

By embedding an inclusive ethos and placing value in accessibility, students and staff alike can not only participate but thrive on an equal footing.’

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Intersectionality, What Is It & Why Is It Important?

At D&A, we often talk about how crucial it is to take an intersectional approach when considering diversity and inclusion. ​

However, many are unsure of what we mean by intersectionality, with even more uncertainty on how it plays out in a practical sense.​

This session will provide attendees with an introduction to intersectionality, with a key focus on the variety of structures and identities that make up an educational environment and what this means when creating an inclusive space.  

​We will explore the relationship between identity and belonging and how the higher education environment can help progressively nurture what this means for both students and staff. 

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Managing Change In Higher Education

This workshop is intended for anyone working in Higher Education who is interested in managing or expanding their knowledge of the organisational change. 

The workshop will benefit Student Support managers in particular and will consider the specific challenges that those working in Higher Education face, primarily, the need to keep the student experience at the forefront of all change.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will:

  • Be able to understand change, what it is and why it is beneficial and positive. 
  • Be able to discuss the change curve and highlight how intersectional traits, individuality and diversity can impact an individual’s response to change. 
  • Be able to understand and champion individualised support and discuss strategies to support individuals and the team through change, embedding an inclusive culture and allowing change to be accessible for all.

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Making The Leap Into Higher Education

This workshop is designed to reassure and inform disabled students of the support available to them through the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) or their university.

It is essential that disabled students know what services are on offer, and that their university is accessible, inclusive and committed to widening participation. This workshop explores different aspects of making the transition to studying at university. The key themes that will be covered include:

  • What is the DSA?
  • Who can apply?
  • What support is available?
  • How to apply

We will also discuss the practicalities of moving away from home for the first time- handy tips to increase independence and help ensure a positive experience at university! This will include some demonstrations on assistive technology, useful apps to use in the interim period before DSA support is implemented. The workshop will be delivered by a D&A Team member who also used DSA support whilst they were at university, so can share their own experiences and insight!

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Realities Of Lived Experience

Realities of Lived Experience workshops will enhance attendees’ awareness and understanding of common conditions and diagnoses.

Each workshop is designed around one of the following to be selected in advance: 

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)​
  • Autism/Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) ​
  • Chronic Fatigue ​
  • Chronic Pain​
  • Mental Health ​
  • Long-term Health Condition ​
  • Specific Learning Difference (SpLD)​
  • Wheelchair use and mobility ​

Each session will explore what we understand about the condition; how it is diagnosed, medically treated, and commonly misunderstood. ​

Attention will be placed on highlighting the societal barriers that are experienced by those with the condition.

Furthermore, we will focus on what we can do, outside of the medical sphere, to begin breaking down these barriers by creating an anticipatory, knowledgeable, and flexible learning and working environment.  

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Alternatively, we can work with you to design a workshop that meets your specific aims and budgetary requirements. To discuss this further, please contact us.

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