Core Managers: Championing Disability Positivity
Understand the definition and impact of disability to better support, celebrate, and advocate for your disabled colleagues.
Duration: 4 Weeks
Weekly study: 2 hrs
Create a culture of disability positivity
Disability positivity is about challenging society’s negative perception of disability to instead recognise and celebrate diversity in the workplace. On this four-week course from NHS Leadership Academy and London Race Strategy Team, you’ll learn how to be disability positive as a manager.
Guided by diversity and inclusion experts, you’ll learn how to support, celebrate, and advocate for your disabled colleagues. You’ll be able to use your training to create a culture of disability positivity in your team and workplace.
Understand the legal definition and social model of disability
Before you can begin challenging negative assumptions and practising positivity, you need to understand what is meant by ‘disability’.
You’ll examine the legal definition of disability, and explore the distinction between visible and invisible disabilities. You’ll also discuss the social model of disability and the role that society itself plays in creating barriers for disabled people.
Discover the crucial role managers play in championing disability positivity in the workplace
Once you’ve understood the meaning of disability, you can begin developing the leadership skills you need to create a disability positive culture.
You’ll learn what you as a manager can do to lead by example and build an environment in which your disabled staff feel celebrated and supported.
Learn what you can do to support your staff and make reasonable adjustments
In the last two weeks of the course, you’ll focus on concrete strategies for addressing the needs of disabled staff.
You’ll look at a range of real-world examples of reasonable adjustments that have measurably improved the lives of disabled individuals in the workplace.
At the end of the course, you’ll take away key action items that you can implement immediately in your own workplace.
- Week 1 - What is disability positivity?
- Week 2 - Why should managers aim to increase disability positivity?
- Week 3 - How can we as managers make reasonable adjustments?
- Week 4 - How can we as managers enable success?
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe disability, including visible and invisible disabilities
- Explain the social model of disability
- Discuss why it is important for managers to promote disability positivity
- Describe your role as manager in building disability positivity in your workplace culture
- Explain what reasonable adjustments are
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for all managers and supervisors working in healthcare facilities.
The fifth in a series of training sessions on equality, diversity, and inclusion in NHS services, it will help you to develop core inclusive leadership skills.
Please note that free access to Core Managers: Championing Disability Positivity is limited to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements.