On my last blog (A Training Session with the Disabled http://wp.me/p1zPRQ-ub ) I said that I would feedback on how the training session went.
It was brilliant. There were not awkward moments; everyone in the group participated really well. Everyone enjoyed and was able to take part in the ice breaking games – they even raised a few laughs.
As I said in my previous blog we had two people with a disability attending the session. One was visually impaired and the other blind.
When this had been brought to my attention I had to revisit my training material and make some changes to accommodate everyone in the group. Had I not know this the session could have perhaps been embarrassing for me and the two with the disability as they would not have been able to take part in some my original plans.
I had a few moments before the session speaking to the two people who were visually impaired. I asked them if them wanted me to say anything to the class or if they would like to introduce themselves. They both chose to introduce themselves. I felt it was important to see how they wanted to do it.
As everyone was introducing themselves the two gave them name and told the group that they were visually impaired/blind.
From that I explained to them both that there would be a Powerpoint presentation but I would read everything that was on the board – and if at any time they have difficulty in hearing me then to let me know.
For the exercise we had I had already sent a copy via email to the person that was blind (they have a computer that speaks to them) and for the person that was visually impaired I pre printed out a copy in print large enough that they could read with the aid of a magnifying glass.
I am pleased to say the training went well. Everyone took part and the feedback was excellent.
I certainly will be asking in future training if there is anyone that has special needs of any kind – and then prepare my session around their needs.