Disability Action Alliance (DAA) member Visualise Training and Consultancy recently undertook some work in partnership with the Jobcentre Plus to deliver awareness training. Daniel Williams set up Visualise Training and Consultancy with the aim of improving organisations’ overall awareness, knowledge and confidence when working with the visually impaired.
Daniel was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary condition causing a gradual loss of vision, at the age of eight. Throughout his life, Daniel experienced difficulties resulting from his visual impairment, including bullying at school and difficulties finding sustainable employment following graduating from university.
As a result of difficulties in finding sustainable employment, Daniel decided to start his own company. Support from Access to Work, The Welsh Governments Job Growth Wales Young Entrepreneurs Bursary, STAR Communities First and Want to Work Daniel enabled him to do this.
Daniel said, “As I have received such great support from Access To Work I wanted to give something back to the Government so they can deliver effective service to their visually impaired customers.
Daniel recently collaborated with Jobcentre Plus managers to provide awareness training to Access to Work Advisers at Harrow JCP. Feedback from advisers was really positive, with advisors stating that “Practical elements put me in someone else’s shoes” and “Better understanding of the needs people with sight loss especially varying visual impairment”.
The value of having disability awareness training delivered directly by disabled people was evident here. It is an approach taken in some of the work being undertaken by the DAA transport project group in the training that has been delivered in Blackpool
http://disabilityactionalliance.org.uk/?s=transport. Daniel’s work is another example of DAA members working to improve awareness of disability through partnership working.
If you would like more information about disability awareness, please do visit our disability awareness resource page http://disabilityactionalliance.org.uk/resources/.