On 26th May 2016 several members of the Talent Match London Committee came together to deliver diversity training! The aim of the training was to educate the youth committee about different  kind of disabilities, how each one can affect young people looking for work, and how they can support young people with disabilities. Rather than have a practitioner deliver the training, the youth committee decided it should be peer driven. The session was delivered by committee members, Lisa, Chloe, Shewlly, Charlie and Shaun, who all used  their own personal experiences of living with disability to educate their peers in a fun and interactive way!

After initial introductions, it was time to get started with training activities centered on different disabilities. The training exercises were designed to give young non-disabled people an idea of the barriers young disabled people face. Lisa kicked off the activities with  a presentation on hearing loss, which included a lip reading activity. Next came Charlie and Shaun who both did a presentation on autism, including a fun activity focused on the importance of facial expressions in communication. Then came Shewlly whose presentation on depression, which sparked  an interesting discussion around JK Rowling’s experience of depression. The activities ended with Chloe’s presentation on visual impairment, which included a guided walk activity.

Once the activities were done the group sat down to evaluate the learning from the day and discuss  how they could use it, inside and outside of their work with Talent Match London.  Some of the key learning lifted from the training was the correct and incorrect way to guide a blind person; the different types of depression; the vast scale of the autism spectrum; and how to be more considerate towards people with different disabilities and conditions.

Trying to find a  job as a young adult is tough enough, but for young people with disabilities the struggle is made even harder with  additional barriers. These additional barriers that can sometimes have a negative effect on the young person’s  confidence when they are applying for jobs. Inclusion training helps removing the veil of ignorance surrounding disability in the workplace, leading to less discrimination for disabled young people. Furthermore with more inclusion comes more confidence and a voice in the workplace.

So here’s to more inclusion in the workplace!