AN INTRODUCTION TO DISABILITY AND INCLUSION By Dr Suresh Paul This is a one-day starter programme that provides an introduction to disability and ‘inclusion’. Aimed at centre managers, advisers, coaches and instructors this training breaks down some of the inclusion barriers and instils confidence to encourage participation. All participants receive certification; this is an ‘Institute of Outdoor Learning’ approved course. Content “An introduction to disability and inclusion” is a practical and active experience with plenty of opportunity during the sessions to ask questions and express your fears and reservations when dealing with ‘inclusion’. The 6 sessions of this course will provide you with the language and a coaching framework that will allow you to approach positively some of the more complex issues surrounding ‘inclusive’ practice. • Session 1 Introducing the Positive Approach (the benefits of positive language in coaching) • Session 2 Communication : Sense-Able (the concepts of effective communication and using learning styles in your coaching) • Session 3 Function : Body Centred (using a ‘function-based’ approach in your coaching) • Session 4 Personal Experience (exploring your own personal experiences) • Session 5 Stacking (illustrates how ‘stacking-up’ helps enjoyment in an inclusive coaching session) • Session 6 Summary and Close Suresh Paul, PhD, is founder and director of Equal Adventure Developments Ltd. His early interest in outdoor adventure activities saw him sitting at the bottom of an abseil watching children with arthritis struggling to cope with the discomfort from use of a standard climbing harness. This led to his inspiration for the first of over sixty products, the Kite I climbing harness. In 2010, Suresh completed his PhD, which examined the creation of resources and coaching strategies to improve access to adventure sport and active lifestyles with disabled people. Suresh continues to help drive Equal Adventure forward, whilst being Technical Adviser to the Battle Back Centre, and Honorary Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University. This is recognised as CPD by BAIML and MTA. This is an all day workshop running from 9am to 4pm with an hours break for lunch at 12pm.