Arielle teaching a class

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Training Services

I offer your staff and students a glimpse into the disability experience and practical tips for interacting across ability lines.

Disability cultural competency training:

I provide disability cultural competency training workshops, developed specifically for healthcare staff and students to become more comfortable interacting with patients who have disabilities.

Training topics currently include:

  •       Information about different types of disabilities.
  •       Adaptations that people with disabilities use to live independently, work, and enjoy life.
  •       What the research tells us about how people react emotionally to having a disability.
  •       Common myths and misconceptions about disabilities.
  •       Special concerns for people with hidden disabilities.
  •       Tips for making your services universally accessible.
  •       Etiquette considerations, such as appropriate language to use, how to address the disability, and how to offer help or accommodations.
  •       Opportunities to ask questions and dialogue with people who have disabilities.
  •       Resources to continue learning after the workshop is over.

Classroom Presentations:

Do you want to offer your students accurate, insider knowledge about life with a disability? I offer disability awareness lessons for students of all ages, from the elementary grades to graduate school. Lessons are customized to your curriculum, and include discussion, hands-on learning, and direct contact between your students and people with disabilities.

Other Training Services:

I am available to help your organization better serve and include people with disabilities. Contact Me to set up a complimentary conversation about your training needs.

Research Services:

Knowledge is power. I can help your organization gather the data you need to set priorities, evaluate your program’s impact, and impress funders.

Research and Evaluation Services:

  •       Set your priorities: professional-quality surveys, focus groups, and interviews to discover what your constituents want.
  •       Evaluate your programs: state-of-the-art techniques to test your program’s impact and recommend improvements.
  •       Impress your funders: Customized evaluation plans to include in grant proposals, and reports highlighting your accomplishments on completed projects.

Knowledge Translation Services:

Research has important implications for disability policy and practice. But original research reports can be long, use technical language, and can be difficult to access without connections to a university.

I can help bridge this gap by providing user-friendly reports such as:

  • Plain language summaries: brief written summaries of single studies, written specifically for consumer, practitioner, or policymaker audiences.
  • Fact sheets: user-friendly summaries of current research on a particular topic.
  • Literature reviews: more detailed syntheses of the research evidence on a particular topic.