“More than 3 in 4 Australians (78%) are unsure how to act towards people with disability.”
Source: Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021 – 2031
Program participants are empowered to:
Build ‘disability confidence’
They are able to more confidently and positively interact with people who live with a disability
Advocate for the social model of disability
Under this model disability is seen as the result of an environment filled with physical, attitudinal, communication and social barriers
Develop a new lens through which to view all marginalised people and communities
The combination of experience, core concepts and reflection invites program participants to explore their own ideas around ‘Us and Them’, ‘Me and the Other’ and actively seek ways to ‘unOther’ in their daily lives.
How it Works
- We work with school students, staff and corporate groups
- We come to your premises, and bring all equipment and staff to deliver an end to end immersion experience
- We offer modular programs, which include 1 day and multi-day program options as well as shorter introductory sessions
Through building on the power of relationships and story, we aim to create immersion experiences where participants don’t see the ‘other’ presenting physical differences, but rather the person, the name, the story and a shared experience of fun.
Participants get a first hand, immersive, experience of what it’s like to navigate the world with a disability.
The participant’s lived experience is overseen by disability community members, which creates the space of shared story and relationship with the very people the program focuses upon.
Our programs are framed by key concepts seminal to attitudinal change. They are built from evidence based components, designed to deliver deep and lasting impact
So what makes this more than just a fun day out ? How do program participants make meaning of the experience ?
Our learning framework is based on the doctoral research into service learning of our consultant facilitator Damien Price.
Damien’s thesis followed high school students over a six month period, as they engaged with the homeless community through a street van offering meals. The large numbers of students who began to find deeper and deeper levels of meaning linked to their experience pointed to the value of constant reflection upon experience through the lens of the presenting and framing concepts. Factors at play in meaning making include time, mentors, direct experience, reflection, critical thinking and credible ideology.
And so our program is anchored by key concepts and reflection on the experience, through the lens of these concepts.
YOUR VALUES & LANGUAGE
While there are core concepts that anchor the program, there is also room to tie in concepts, values and language that are central to your organisation or school.
During the scoping and briefing sessions we will work with you to identify any of these areas that can be incorporated into the program.