On June 28th, Sound Advice’s Caroline Carswell hosted a workshop, “Mindset Change (Essential): Transforming Perceptions of Ability”, at the 2013 conference of the UK’s National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP), in Cheshire.
The Problem – And Solution!
Parents, fearing for their child’s social, emotional and physical wellbeing, can go to great lengths to protect the child and unwittingly in the process, limit their potential. These projected fears, with society’s erroneous perceptions of ability, translate into poor educational attainment for many children with disabilities – and into correlated risk of unemployment.
Successful role models with disability are essential to reverse this outcome and to revising society’s outdated attitudes while being a vital information, advocacy and support link for parents, educators and employers.
This workshop highlighted the need for parents, educators, college access officers and employers to engage with, and to learn from positive adult role models with disability, living their lives and careers like everyone else.
Central to this approach, is the Sound Advice website and the lived experience of its mainstream-educated team, who have satisfying careers after graduation.
Professional Role Models:
Interviews with deaf professionals in the medical, veterinary, journalism, music and other fields are posted to irishdeafkids.ie, as case studies for online readers to note how the role was achieved, and with what support/s.
During the workshop, IDK also shared strategies for students with disability and college access officers to manage transitions and situations that occur for the first time on an education campus or in an unfamiliar workplace.
Workshop attendees departed, having learned how the IDK venture uses low-cost web technologies to reach stakeholders like parents, educators and employers, to facilitate active networking and to raise overall expectations.
- Active Role Modeling – The Sound Advice Service Explained
- Talking Your Way Into A Relevant Graduate Job
- Advice For Deaf Students Going To Third-Level
- Deaf Students and Inclusive Education (Disability Law News, March 2010)
- What Tertiary Supports Do Deaf Students Need?
- Write-Up: Sound Advice’s Post-School Seminar (Nov 2nd, 2011)
- Taking A Mainstream Route To Self-Employment
- Working In Unision – Connectivity: The Only Way Forward