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Disability awareness training at UCL

This page summarises UCL training related to disability, neurodiversity, mental health and accessibility, and lists external training providers.

Developing training plans

All staff must know how to ensure their work practises and content are accessible, and must understand basic concepts about disability. Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, digital content, events, meetings and teaching all need to be accessible.

Some staff will need more detailed knowledge depending on their role. For example, staff who create web content must understand the 2018 Web Accessibility Regulations, and managers must know how to implement reasonable adjustments for staff. Teaching staff must know how to support students with a UCL SoRA (Summary of Reasonable Adjustments).

Please note that the UCL Equality Diversity and Inclusion office does not provide funding for external training for UCL departments. Departments need to cover training costs from their own budgets.

Disability, neurodivergence, mental health and accessibility should be included in departmental training plans, appraisal objectives and CPD plans.


Training through UCL

Search for relevant courses in UCL MyLearning course catalogue. Some current courses include Mental health aware, accessible documents with LaTex, accessible PowerPoint presentations, and accessible Word documents.

UCL Arena provide a three-hour Moodle course on accessible teaching practices. They also run events and seminars, which sometimes cover accessibility and inclusive practice where you will also find sessions delivered by UCL Student Support and Wellbeing, which are aimed at student facing staff.

There are several mental health and wellbeing courses available, including a twenty minute online course from the Zero Suicide Alliance, and a 90 minute online course, ‘We need to talk about suicide’.

UCL Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre provide a six hour course in Online Deaf Awareness: Working and Communicating Well with Deaf People (fee £119).

All UCL staff have free access to online learning platforms LinkedIn Learning and FutureLearn. These provide a huge range of courses, from 20 minutes introductions to in-depth courses lasting several weeks. Search for keywords like ‘disability’ ‘accessibility’ or ‘neurodiversity’.

Some introductory LinkedIn courses: Creating accessible documents in Microsoft Office (25 minutes, covers Word, Excel and PowerPoint); Supporting workers with disabilities and Hiring and supporting neurodiversity in the workplace (these are one hour introductions aimed at managers).


Recommended external organisations

These organisations provide e-learning courses, live online and in person training, consultancy, and accessibility auditing (for websites and built environments).

AbilityNet
AbilityNet supports anyone living with any disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education.

British Dyslexia Association
We are a membership organisation working to achieve a dyslexia-friendly society for all.

Business Disability Forum
We are Business Disability Forum. We believe the 26 million people in the UK and over 1 billion people worldwide with disabilities and long-term conditions enhance the social and economic health of our societies. We exist to remove barriers in business structures and Government that prevent disabled people from thriving and contributing in this way.

Centre for Accessible Environments
The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) has been a leading authority on inclusive design for over 50 years. We provide consultancy, training, research and publications on building design and management to meet all user needs, including disabled and older people.

Disability Rights UK
We campaign for the rights of all disabled people to be included in every aspect of life. We bring the lived experiences of disabled people to everything we do. We challenge policy makers, institutions and individuals to remove the barriers that exist for us.

GOSS Consultancy
We work with organisations to ensure they are as diverse, accessible and inclusive as possible in the way they employ people, develop policies and deliver services.

Mind
We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

National Autistic Society
We are the UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.