With the creation of the newly set-up Health and Wellness Centre, a concerted effort towards providing a comprehensive and inclusive service for all students and members of staff has been adopted by several key offices within University.
These sessions are being offered in order to accommodate for the increasing demands of ACCESS arrangements for students and to cater for the needs of persons with disability at the workplace. Furthermore these sessions will serve as information sessions for members of staff to ensure that they are aware of the services and current set-up that are being offered by the ACCESS Disability Support Unit and the Health and Wellness Centre.
The ACCESS - Disability Support Unit (ADSU) is the operational centre for support to students and staff/visitors with disability. Ms Marchita Mangiafico, the coordinator of the ADSU, is the referral point for all requests for access arrangements and has the following roles:
The training sessions are delivered by staff members of CRPD who are persons with disability. During the session, some clips are also shown on Disability Etiquette and to dos and don'ts when interacting with persons with disability. There will also be some time dedicated to questions that the participants may wish to ask.
The aims of the training session are threefold:
the theoretical aspect: to give participants a theoretical introduction to key issues related to disability;
the experiential aspect: to provide participants with opportunities to meet disabled individuals and their relatives, to listen to their experiences sympathetically, but critically;
the attitudinal aspect: to enable participants to confront some of the root causes of fear and prejudice which individuals and society have for disabled persons and ultimately to develop a personal understanding and a positive image of disabled persons as equal and valuable members of society.
By the end of the session participants will understand how disabling barriers constructed by society erode the quality of life of disabled persons. Disabling barriers can be physical or attitudinal created by different sectors of society.