Ableism Training

Imagine Better’s Ableism Workshops unpack ableism in ways that lead to increased understanding of ableism, the social model of disability, and structural inequality and supports action to challenge and change the attitudes, actions, systems and power structures that perpetuate ableism.

Ableism is:

  • the systematic devaluation of disabled people, and the negative perception of qualities and attributes unconsciously associated with disability
  • ideas, practices, institutions, and social relations which place able-bodiedness in the norm, and therefore construct disabled people as the invisible 'other', leading to exclusion and the disproportionally high rates of poverty, unemployment, inadequate housing, violence and abuse experienced by disabled people (for example see 2019 CCS wellbeing report ).

Imagine Better’s Ableism Workshops unpack ableism in ways that lead to:

  • increased understanding of ableism, the issues, causes and what that means for disabled people’s lives and experiences
  • understanding the social model of disability, and structural inequality/violence/discrimination
  • action to challenge and change the attitudes, actions, systems and power structures that perpetuate ableism.

We can work with you to create a workshop especially for your organisation with learning outcomes that include:

  • Reflecting on and understanding ableist privilege
  • Recognising power structures and how ableism works and what needs to change
  • Reflecting on/understanding our role/our organisation’s role in this, and creating action for change.

The workshops have been designed by people with lived experience of disability, and family members. They are facilitated by a team that always includes people with lived experience of disability.

Imagine Better wants this training to contribute to creating more accessible institutions, workplaces, healthcare, schools and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Imagine Better believes that all non-disabled people have a part to play in creating a non-disabling society and in challenging and changing the ways organisations and systems deny disabled people resources, including education, employment, housing and their fundamental human rights to participate and contribute.

In the words of New Zealand's Disability Strategy, the vision for this work is "a non-disabling society - a place where disabled people have an equal opportunity to achieve their goals and aspirations, and all of New Zealand works together to make this happen".

Workshop content includes:

  1. What is Ableism?
    1. How disability has been seen and what that’s meant for how people are treated/viewed: models of disability
    2. Definitions of ableism and where/how it operates, including intersections with other identities, colonisation and capitalism
    3. How ableism has excluded and impacted on disabled people's lives: position of disabled people and their families in NZ
  2. Responses to Ableism
    1. Human Rights Approaches
    2. Disability Justice, Rights, Pride, Visibility
    3. Access & Inclusion
  3. What can I/we do about it?

Workshops include presentations, video, handouts, and pre-reading. Follow-up sessions are also available.

 


 

 

To find out more about our Ableism Training or to get a workshop tailored to your needs email tony.mclean@imaginebetter.co.nz