Talking About Disability Workshops

Thursdays, 25 April, 2 May and 9 May, 10.00am -12.30pm. Online.
You must attend all three sessions.
Talking About Disability is a free, three-part workshop for DDPOs in London, to learn cutting edge communications techniques proven to change people’s perceptions of disability and impairment.

Dates: Thursdays, 25 April, 2 May and 9 May.
You must attend all three sessions

Time: 10.00am -12.30pm
Location: Online via zoom


We all want to be part of a society that includes and values us, but as disabled people our skills and worth are often not recognised.

Talking about disability is a ground-breaking collaborative research programme that challenged this, improving public understanding of disability and the social model, using specialist communications techniques that can easily be used in by any Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisation (DDPO).

Who is the training for

The programme is for staff of DDPOs which work in London. Anyone who communicates externally for their organisation will find it helpful particularly anyone managing social media and websites, and people with roles in campaigning, communications, policy and public affairs, leadership positions and spokespeople. Places are limited to one per DDPO.

Aims of the training

The online sessions will give you:

  • Skills, knowledge and insight into strategic communications, values-based messaging and reframing
  • Opportunity to meet and work with people in similar roles
  • Key messages and tools that you can use in your communications straight away
  • Half-day of free consultancy for your organisation’s communications

There is additional detail about each session at the bottom of this page.

Training delivered by

These sessions are delivered by Equally Ours, who carried out the research for the Talking about disability project. The work is kindly funded by Cornerstone.

How to book:

You must attend all three sessions as each session builds on the previous ones,

To book a place, click the ‘Book your free ticket’ button above. Once your booking is approved you will receive an email to confirm. During the week prior to the training we will send you joining instructions.

We can only offer one place for each DDPO

If you cannot attend after booking please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer the place to others. Email:


There will be British Sign Language Interpreters at each session

Please inform us of any other access requirements at least 2 weeks in advance of the training.

What is a DDPO?

Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) are organisations that are run and controlled by Deaf/Disabled people, with Deaf/Disabled people representing at least 75% of Trustees and over 50% of paid staff. If you aren’t sure whether you are eligible to book onto the training please do contact us to check

Session detail

Thursday 25 April, 10am – 12.30pm: What are strategic communications?

Find out why facts don’t persuade people, but strategic communications do. This introductory session will teach you how to help people consider important issues in new ways and share what the Talking about Disability research found.

Thursday 2 May, 10am – 12.30pm: The recipe

Building on last week, we’ll look at the key ingredients of strategic communications, and the pitfalls we need to side-step and avoid.

Thursday 9 May, 10am – 12.30pm: Writing and sharing messages

Using everything we have learned together, this session is a chance to write your own messages, and hear about the tested messages created for Talking About Disability.

Half a day of free consultancy – July

Each organisation on the programme is eligible for half a day of free communications consultancy support.


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